Pinewood Studios Phase 3 – Pinewood Studios Calls Meeting with ‘Neighbours’
Neighbours whose properties back onto the site were invited to attend a meeting at Pinewood Studios on the evening of 2nd November, the main focus of which was to show the proposed external cladding for the buildings (three matt bands of varying shades of grey) and present the external landscaping scheme. The three buildings for the stages will be 21m high, which is some 6m higher than the temporary stage which has now been removed.
The ‘neighbours’ turnout was low, with only some four or five households represented. Pinewood’s planting scheme proposals, which specified a blend of 4,558 individual woodland trees, scrub and hedge plants, was relatively well received. Main concerns were around the type and height of the perimeter fencing and security of the properties due to a new access gate being erected from Pinewood Road onto the site near the main entrance of the studios. Jason Turner, Project Manager for the scheme, said that they would discuss alternative fencing options with their Security team.
Work on the site is due to commence “sometime next year”.
Pinewood Studios are pushing ahead with Phase 3 of the Pinewood Studios Development Framework (PSDF) to deliver the studios expansion. Phases 1 and 2 of the PSDF are built out and operational.
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.
The 2014 original outline planning application anticipated that Phase 3 would deliver two three storey office buildings and car parking. The proposals for Phase 3 have since evolved, based on what Pinewood describes as "operational needs at the Studios".