IHRA CO-SIGNS STATEMENT REGARDING PLANNING PRESSURES
IHRA has co-signed a Joint Statement with Colne Valley Regional Park, CPRE Buckinghamshire and the Iver & District Countryside Association expressing shared concerns relating to the strategic direction that planning policy is heading in. The statement, which specifically refers to the Welcome Break MSA and the Pinewood Studios Screen Hub planning applications, was sent to senior leadership at Buckinghamshire Council on 9th April.
PINEWOOD STUDIOS' PHASE 3 EXPANSION GETS GO AHEAD
At the meeting of the Buckinghamshire Council Strategic Sites Committee on 11th March, the main item on the agenda was Pinewood’s planning application to build 4 sound stages and a workshop on zone 4 and 4a of the fields (near the attenuation pond) which form part of their phase 3 expansion plan. There were representations from Cllrs Sangster, Griffin and Gibson who spoke for three minutes each, objecting and raising issues on behalf of the community. Cllr Sullivan did not attend but had submitted a statement of objection which was read out on her behalf.
After an hour and a half’s discussion and deliberation, the Committee voted in favour of the full planning application therefore planning permission was granted. However, there were various conditions attached, some of which we understand require further consultation with the community. More detailed information to follow once we have it.
NEW PARKING LAYOUT PROPOSED
In response to concerns about parking near the Co-op in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire Council has produced a new parking scheme proposal which is on The Ivers Parish Council (TIPC) website for comment. The current parking situation outside the Iver Heath Co-op is chaotic and dangerous. The new proposal is designed to reduce congestion and improve safety.
Results of the Parish Council survey, which closed on 21st March, indicate that the proposal has received widespread support. Comments are still being collated and we will be working with TIPC to develop a final parking layout.
SMARTVILLE IVER HEATH GETS ADDITIONAL FUNDING
Cameras installed in the first location at the Stag & Hounds roundabout area continue to provide vital evidence to police in investigating crime, and now also to Buckinghamshire Council for anti-social behaviour such as fly-tipping. The good news is that, with funding raised to date, plus a £3000 grant recently awarded by the Wexham and Ivers Community Board, cameras in the next three locations on Slough Road, Wood Lane and Pinewood Road can be installed. However, to be optimally effective, all entry/exit points for Iver Heath need to be covered, and so funding for the three remaining locations is still required. If you would like to support the project by donating, you can do so by going to the GoFundMe online fundraising sites Smartville Iver Heath CCTV and ANPR page.
LATEST IHRA AIR QUALITY MONITORING STATISTICS PUBLISHED
A report, covering the results from IHRA's air quality monitoring results from Summer 2017 until November 2020, has been published. The effect of the reduction in air pollution as a result of Lockdown is clear to see, but there are still some obvious pollution 'hot spots' amongst the ten sites monitored across Iver Heath.
INFORMAL CONSULTATION ON THE DRAFT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN IS OPEN
The Ivers Parish Council is asking local residents for comments on The Ivers Neighbourhood Plan draft prior to its formal consultation process. This is an important document which will, if it gains approval at a local referendum, help form a backbone for future development within the Parish for many years to come.
PINEWOOD STUDIOS' SCREEN HUB PLANNING APPLICATION NEEDS MORE WORK
Buckinghamshire Council's Highways Report and Ecology Report indicate that a lot more work needs to be carried out by Pinewood Studios to satisfy criteria for BC to fully consider the application for the Screen Hub and Visitor Attraction. In the meantime, as a statutory consultee, Hillingdon Council objected to the application in January 2021.