Studios put dampener on neighbourhood plan Waitrose shoppers raise charity cash
A PLAN to have a village declared a neighbourhood area has been withdrawn following an objection from Pinewood Studios.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
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.”