Sunday, January 22, 2012

Maybe they would have approved the plan if it didn’t include 1,400 homes

Pinewood's £200m plan to rival Hollywood scuppered

Pinewood's dream to bring the mean streets of New York and the Paris boulevards to the Buckinghamshire countryside has collapsed after the Government blocked the studio's development plans. Filmmakers were yesterday left bewildered as the decision came just a week after the Prime Minister announced his backing for the industry. The studio, where the James Bond films were shot, had planned to build a complex on the 105 acres that adjoin its site. It would have offered 1,400 homes for those working on films, and permanent locations from 17 cities around the world for shooting movies. The decision letter refers to protection of the landscape: "The loss of openness would not only be visually apparent, but would all but destroy the concept of the site as part of open Green Belt land."

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17 thoughts on “Maybe they would have approved the plan if it didn’t include 1,400 homes

  • “The loss of openness would not only be visually apparent, but would all but destroy the concept of the site as part of open Green Belt land.”

    This plot of lands sits alongside the M25. What, they’re going to ruin the view for motorists sitting in traffic?

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  • One of the industries left where we seem to have a lead and the Government are intent on destroying that as well!

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  • It’s actually quite a nice place – so I’m glad the permission was refused.

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  • No, no and no! We can’t do anything that would involve new buildings. Every industry must reuse existing buildings no matter how impractical, ridiculous or expensive.

    What percentage of the country is greenbelt?

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  • I’m impressed with Pickles sheer discontinuity from Cameron’s Universe, Cameron wants movie-filums to be “more commercial” Pickles’ computer says no. Although I am a teensy bit glad. I agree with hpwatcher Black Park Nature Reserve, adjoining the studios, is quite lovely and would have been wrecked if this had happened.

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  • Perhaps they could relocate the studio to say USA or Ireland? I am sure they would be allowed to build there.

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  • It’s a chess move. Pickles want to change planning law. He needs an example of industry being stifled. This is it, cue the next scene in the narrative with Pickles claiming his hands were tied by restrictive laws etc etc etc. It’s so transparent a blind fish could see through it.

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  • Let’s hope so. This country has already lost lots of industry in part due to it’s restrictive planning laws stifling industry and pushing up the cost of living.

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    I second what RichC, Khards and Fubar said.

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  • i found an advert on rightmove today, i actually know the area very well where the house is for sale, the agent stated in advert “within walking distance of town centre” yeh if you are a rambler with experience of years of hiking and are prepared for a 45min walk, how do these agents get away with their lies they should be governed and require a license to trade

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  • Haven’t seen GC for a while?

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  • probably done a runner with his gold lol

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  • It’s not the restrictive planning laws that have driven industry to the wall and driven up the cost of living. This is propaganda. The planning laws have been this way for decades with a few changes. And yet under roughly the same system of planning for decades we had industry and the cost of living was affordable. Pickles solution is to let a bull loose in a china shop. Like so many government responses to the recent business. Classic Shock doctrine tactics – use the cover of the crisis to take anaxe to your own personal hobby horses. Planning, the NHS, Social Housing, welfare, employment law.

    But don’t touch the real culprits. Bankers, large land owners, the tax system, the lack of social housing. The current crop of Tory-Dems would sell their own grandmother to Satan if they thought there was an easy profit in it. Mind you, so would the average Spawn of New Labour.

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Fubar: “But don’t touch the real culprits. Bankers, large land owners, the tax system, the lack of social housing.”

    Agreed, let’s not touch those, there are far more votes in tinkering round with symptoms.

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  • Then there’s this, plans to curb executive pay. Apparently top executives are to have their houses taken from under them and their pay capped at £26,000. Oh no, wait. Sorry – my mistake that’s the poor. Executives are to be subject to a nudge and a wink.

    New proposals.

    Measures proposed include:

    making firms’ remuneration reports easier to understand, and requiring them to explain executive salaries in relation to the earnings of other employees
    increasing transparency by requiring the publication of all directors’ salaries
    giving shareholders a binding vote on executive pay, notice periods and exit packages
    encouraging a wider range of people onto company boards, including academics, lawyers, public servants and those who have never served on a board before
    requiring all companies to introduce “clawback” policies, allowing them to recoup bonuses in cases where they are later shown to be unwarranted

    Talk about a hasty sop. The coalition resolutely wringing it’s collective hands.

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  • fubar,
    Planning controls only started after WWII with the Town and Country Planning Act 1947. Green belts were only added in 1955. You can run off your existing stock for many many years before it becomes a constraint to economic development.

    That said there’s clearly no requirement to build on new land, when LVT would solve so many of these problems in a stroke.

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