South Bucks District Council has refused Pinewood Studios’ planning application for an increase in studio capacity by circa 100,000 sqm.
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.”
Pinewood had submitted a planning application to SBDC for the expansion of Pinewood Studios called the Pinewood Studio Development Framework, a long term scheme which the Studios say is of national significance, designed to address increasing global demand for capacity in the UK and deliver growth for the next 15-20 years.
The plans involved 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. Pinewood say this would make a major contribution to achieving Government priority objectives to grow the UK’s creative industries, promote growth and create new jobs.
The plans were refused to protect South Bucks’ greenbelt land. Earlier plans were also refused.