Pinewood's £200m expansion plans quashed

Pinewood’s plans for a £200m expansion have been scuppered due to a rejection from South Bucks District Council. According to reports, the council rejected the plans because they it deemed an “inappropriate” expansion into green belt land.

The 100,000 square metres extension plans from the studio – home to the famous 007 stage – included new stage and streetscapes, as well as the creation of more than 3,000 jobs.

Commenting on the rejection, Adrian Wootton, chief executive of the British Film Commission and Film London said: “This is obviously disappointing news for Pinewood and we hope they can work to satisfy the objections of the planning committee. We believe an expansion of one of the country’s finest studio facilities would provide real benefit by capitalising on the success of the UK as a destination for major film and television production, a sector which has delivered billions of pounds worth of investment for the UK economy, and created thousands of jobs.”