Film studios to be left out of village neighbourhood plan
District council’s decision reflects Pinewood’s ‘national and international importance’
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.