Stu­dios put damp­ener on neigh­bour­hood plan Waitrose shop­pers raise char­ity cash

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A PLAN to have a vil­lage de­clared a neigh­bour­hood area has been with­drawn fol­low­ing an ob­jec­tion from Pinewood Stu­dios.

Iver Parish Coun­cil had to with­draw its ap­pli­ca­tion to South Bucks District Coun­cil fol­low­ing the film stu­dios’ move.

If Iver is given per­mis­sion to be­come a neigh­bour­hood area, it will be able to draw up a neigh­bour­hood plan which, in turn, will mean that it can have more con­trol over de­vel­op­ments vil­lage.

How­ever, Pinewood Stu­dios in Iver Heath ob­jected to be­ing in­cluded in the neigh­bour­hood area, be­cause it would mean that any fu­ture de­vel­op­ments at its site could be af­fected.

Wendy Matthews, chair­man of Iver Parish Coun­cil, said: “We had to with­draw it be­cause of the ob­jec­tion. There was no time left be­fore the

in fu­ture

the dead­line for us to change any­thing and to con­sider it, so we de­cided we’d have to with­draw it.

“We are dis­cussing where to go with it next and how to take the plan for­ward.”

Other nearby vil­lages, such as Chal­font St Peter and Bea­cons­field, have also drawn up plans, and Iver had hoped to do the same.

Neigh­bour­hood plans act as pro­tec­tion against un­suit­able de­vel­op­ment, and Iver Parish Coun­cil had hoped its ap­pli­ca­tion to be a neigh­bour­hood area would al­low it to press ahead with a plan.

Pinewood Stu­dios is in the process of ex­pand­ing its site in Iver Heath fol­low­ing a lengthy plan­ning bat­tle.

South Bucks District Coun­cil had re­jected its ex­pan­sion plans on two oc­ca­sions due to the fact that part of the pro­ject in­volved build­ing on green belt land.


the govern­ment even­tu­ally over­ruled the district coun­cil, al­low­ing work to go ahead.

Pinewood Stu­dios be­lieves that ex­pand­ing its site is crit­i­cal if it is to con­tinue to at­tract pres­ti­gious film and tele­vi­sion projects from around the world.

Iver Parish Coun­cil said that it would be mak­ing a de­ci­sion shortly as to how to press ahead with its ap­pli­ca­tion to be­come a neigh­bour­hood area. SU­PER­MAR­KET cus­tomers in Bea­cons­field helped a char­ity to raise hun­dreds of pounds.

Shop­pers at Waitrose, in Penn Road, sup­ported Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port’s Ger­rards Cross and District fundrais­ing group through the store’s Com­mu­nity Mat­ters Scheme and raised a to­tal of £532.

The money was pre­sented to the group ear­lier this month, and Ali­son Lambert of Waitrose said: “Waitrose Bea­cons­field was de­lighted to as­sist Macmil­lan Can­cer Ger­rards Cross and District Fundrais­ing Group through our very pop­u­lar Com­mu­nity Mat­ters scheme, which of­fers our cus­tomers the op­por­tu­nity to sup­port one of three lo­cal good causes each month in store. The amount raised for Macmil­lan en­dorses the sig­nif­i­cant im­pact that the char­ity plays in our lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Liz King, the group’s chair­man, said: “Thank you to Waitrose’s cus­tomers for be­ing so gen­er­ous and sup­port­ing us in this way.

“Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port pro­vides prac­ti­cal, med­i­cal, emo­tional and fi­nan­cial sup­port to peo­ple liv­ing with can­cer, their fam­i­lies, friends and car­ers, so it does have an im­pact on the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

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