On 16th September Pinewood Group announced plans to create a ‘Screen Industries Global Growth Hub’ on a 77 acre site to the south of the exiting studios, which includes the old quarry land.
This very significant expansion is projected to include:
Pinewood says that this project will add £230m per annum to the economy, £125m per annum to the tourism industry and will create around 3,500 new jobs. However, there were some major concerns voiced by residents at the Zoom-based Q&A sessions on 22nd and 23rd September, the most critical and frequently mentioned of which related to:
This is a new planning application and ‘exceptional circumstances’ would be sought by Pinewood to build on this green belt land. During the Q&A sessions it was quoted that, on a peak day, the visitor attraction alone would expect up to 8,500 visitors although a branded bus service would be provided, initially only from Slough Station, to encourage use of public transport.
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