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PINEWOOD STUDIOS SCREEN HUB AND VISITOR ATTRACTION

Amendments to Planning Application Submitted

DEADLINE FOR COMMENT IS 28th NOVEMBER

In a ‘Neighbour Notification of Amended Application’ letter dated 29th October from Planning Officer Laura Peplow, it states that anyone who wishes to submit comments on this application and its amendments must do so by 28th November 2021.  A further 40+ documents totalling nearly 600 pages have been added to the planning portal for this planning application - PL/20/3280/OA - since 1st October, which is a lot to wade through in four weeks.  

What we are doing 

We are ploughing through this documentation, as well as consulting other stakeholders, including Colne Valley Park CIC, our Buckinghamshire and Ivers Parish councillors and our MP, in seeking a co-ordinated and appropriate response. That said, based on our initial review, it would seem that there remain several ‘technical’ concerns, raised previously by us and others, which have still not been resolved. We remain opposed to this application. 

What we encourage you to do 

The amended application still includes the visitor attraction and all the other key aspects of the original proposal. If you remain opposed to it, we encourage you to write in and say so with reasons such as the amended application does not address original concerns about traffic; the negative impact on air quality; the negative impact on the character of the area and your quality of life, and building on the green belt for something that is not necessary. 

  • Email planning.comments.csb@buckinghamshire.gov.uk 
  • Attn: Laura Peplow (Planning Officer)
  • Ref: PL/20/3280/OA (Land South of Pinewood Studios. SL0 0NH)
  • Mailing Address: Buckinghamshire Council Planning Department, King George V House, 
  • King George V Road, Amersham, Bucks HP6 5AW 

Whatever your view, if you originally responded to this planning application, your comments still stand. However, since there is an opportunity to submit further comments by 28th November, you are perfectly entitled to do so. You do not need to repeat what you said previously. 

BACKGROUND

On 16th September 2020, 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:

  • A 350,000 sq ft visitor attraction
  • New film production facilities
  • An education and training skills hub
  • A creative industries business growth hub
  • A green campus
  • Parking for some 2,000 vehicles

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:

  • Vast increase in traffic on local roads
  • Increase in air and noise pollution levels
  • Further and significant erosion of local green space and green belt

In addition, there is a proposed closure of Peace Road, which is a current access path to Black Park used by many locals.

Once again, ‘exceptional circumstances’ would be sought by Pinewood to build on this green belt land. Traffic prodictions forecast 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.

For further information and the opportunity to comment go to the dedicated Pinewood Studios Screen Hub UK project site. You can view the outline planning application and associated documents on Buckinghamshire Council's planning website.

You gave us your views

IHRA Members gave us their views on the Pinewood Studios' proposal in our Members' Opinion Survey in December 2020. Of the 124 respondents, 90% objected to the scheme and gave us their comments. You can download the full Survey Results Report here or find it in the Useful Information section of this website under 'Useful Documents'.

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