Film stu­dios to be left out of vil­lage neigh­bour­hood plan

Dis­trict coun­cil’s de­ci­sion re­flects Pinewood’s ‘na­tional and in­ter­na­tional im­por­tance’

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How­ever Pinewood Stu­dios will be ex­cluded over fears that its in­clu­sion would af­fect com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions over the NP’s level of in­flu­ence with the cur­rent de­vel­op­ment plan in place at the stu­dios.

SBDC made the de­ci­sion at a cab­i­net meet­ing on Tues­day (May 24) fol­low­ing a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion made by the parish coun­cil, which sought a Neigh­bour­hood Plan to cover the whole of the parish, in­clud­ing the film stu­dios.

This ap­pli­ca­tion was re­jected by the coun­cil who de­cided on the amended pro­posal ex­clud­ing Pinewood.

An SBDC spokesper­son said: “In de­cid­ing that it was not ap­pro­pri­ate to in­clude Pinewood Stu­dios the cab­i­net took into ac­count its strate­gic im­por­tance in plan­ning pol­icy terms as well as the pol­icy in the cur­rent de­vel­op­ment plan for South Bucks re­flect­ing the Stu­dios’ na­tional and in­ter­na­tional im­por­tance. They were sat­is­fied that this would con­tinue in future.

“NP poli­cies must be in gen­eral con­form­ity with the de­vel­op­ment plan. This means if Pinewood Stu­dios had been in­cluded in the Iver Neigh­bour­hood Area, those in­volved in the neigh­bour­hood plan would have very lim­ited scope to in­flu­ence plan­ning pol­icy in this area.

“The coun­cil con­sid­ers that the ap­pro­pri­ate means for chang­ing or adding to the plan­ning con­text for Pinewood Stu­dios is through en­gage­ment on the emerg­ing new joint lo­cal plan for Chiltern and South Bucks.

“In­clud­ing Pinewood Stu­dios in the neigh­bour­hood area would have falsely raised com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions that the neigh­bour­hood plan could seek to limit or al­ter the cur­rent de­vel­op­ment plan pro­vi­sion or the emerg­ing de­vel­op­ment plan con­sid­er­a­tion for the po­ten­tial future use, de­vel­op­ment or re­de­vel­op­ment of Pinewood Stu­dios.

“The full rea­sons for this de­ci­sion will be pub­lished on the coun­cil’s web­site shortly.”

A neigh­bour­hood plan is seen by the parish coun­cil as be­ing vi­tal be­cause once in force, it has to be taken into ac­count when any future plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is lodged in the vil­lage.

It can mean that po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ments which are out of char­ac­ter for Iver or un­suit­able for the vil­lage can be blocked more eas­ily.

Meet­ings took place last year with the pub­lic to help in­flu­ence de­vel­op­ment. VOL­UN­TEERS at a Che­sham charity helped to boost its funds by hold­ing a stall at a mar­ket.

Workaid took a dou­ble stall at Che­sham Lo­cal Pro­duce Mar­ket on Satur­day (May 28) and sold lots of pots of plants grown by some of the charity’s vol­un­teers.

The charity, based in Townsend Road, Che­sham, was also sup­ported by Cafe Africa in Amer­sham dur­ing May and vol­un­teers re­cently demon­strated a knit­ting ma­chine and a trea­dle sewing ma­chine to the cafe’s cus­tomers.

Workaid has also been asked to take part in Uni­ver­sal Care’s 30th an­niver­sary ac­tiv­i­ties in Bea­cons­field.

Vol­un­teers’ Week is run­ning from June 1 to June 12 and Workaid is look­ing for more vol­un­teers to help with its ac­tiv­i­ties.

For more in­for­ma­tion call 01494 775 220.

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