Pickles backs Pinewood

The Secretary of State for Communities has approved Pinewood Studios’ expansion plans.

Eric Pickles recovered the appeal, but has ruled that the Inspector had correctly allowed the appeal against South Buckinghamshire District Council’s refusal of the scheme.

The proposals will roughly double the area of the existing Pinewood Studios. The council had refused permission on grounds that the site was Green Belt. Pickles has now decided the economic case outweighs that and the scheme being contrary to up-to-date local planning policy.

A previous set of plans which also included 1,400 homes were refused but the council and at appeal.


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