Lo­cals’ view to kill Bond stu­dio plan

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FUM­ING nim­bies may need more than a martini shaken not stirred to stom­ach plans to ex­tend the stu­dios where James Bond is made.

Pinewood Stu­dios – Blighty’s an­swer to Hol­ly­wood – is fac­ing a fight to push through a £200mil­l­lion scheme.

Vil­lagers say it will dev­as­tate a beau­ti­ful area of green belt land.

Cam­paign­ers stopped an ear­lier ex­pan­sion pro­gramme from Pinewood’s bosses in 2009 but now face a new bat­tle in Iver Heath, Bucks, where the stu­dios are lo­cated.

In the lat­est row, Pinewood Shep­per­ton plc has submitted plans to en­large the site to in­clude new stages, work­shops, pro­duc­tion of­fices and streetscapes for film­ing.

Sylvie Lowe, who is chair­woman of the Stop Project Pinewood cam­paign group, said “We don’t want to hand over to our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren some­thing that’s con­creted over.”

Pinewood says the ex­pan­sion would cre­ate 3,100 new jobs and ‘sup­port’ 8,100 jobs.

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