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South Bucks District Council rejects £200m planning application for the expansion of Pinewood Studios

South Bucks District Council rejects £200m planning application for the expansion of Pinewood Studios

At a meeting of South Bucks District Council ("SBDC") Planning Committee on 15 May 2013, Pinewood's planning application for an increase in studio capacity by circa 100,000 square metres was refused.

Ivan Dunleavy, Chief Executive, Pinewood Shepperton plc said:

 "This is a disappointing decision by the local planning authority. It is hard to believe, given the country's economic difficulties that SBDC would turn down a £200m project creating 3,100 jobs in the vibrant and growing film and television sectors. The Company remains committed to the Pinewood Studios Development Framework and we will be studying the decision with our legal and planning team and expect to appeal the decision to the Secretary of State."    

On 1 February 2013, following extensive public consultation with a wide range of local and national stakeholders, as well as with producers and developers of creative content, the Company submitted a planning application to SBDC for the expansion of Pinewood Studios called the Pinewood Studio Development Framework.

The Pinewood Studios Development Framework is a long term scheme of national significance designed to address increasing global demand for capacity in the UK and deliver growth for the next 15-20 years.  It comprises a substantial expansion of the existing Pinewood Studios by adding a total of 100,000 sq m of new facilities, including studios and stages, workshops, production offices and streetscapes for filming.  Once complete, this would make a major contribution to achieving Government priority objectives to grow the UK's creative industries, promote growth and create new jobs.

Further details and visual images of the scheme can be viewed here.