ACT NOW – Submit your objections to the van storage planning application

Two planning applications have been submitted by Savills for the area near the Spade Oak Nature Reserve: one on behalf of Buckinghamshire Council to delay the return to nature of the area by 5 years and one on behalf of Modul-Systems Ltd for a commercial van parking and storage development.

Please respond to both planning applications by 4th March via the links above. Don’t forget to register your stance as OBJECT.

We encourage everyone to write their own text and reasons, but here are some salient points to consider:

  • There is no reason to postpone the required restoration by a further 5 years, other than to allow the van parking application to be approved. There appears to be no clear management plan going forward and the restoration should have been enforced by Bucks Council and carried out by the previous landowner.
  • The site is a known valuable wildlife habitat for protected species. Insufficient surveying has been undertaken or information gathered, to accurately protect or mitigate for the proposed development.
  • Further delays in the investment and enhancement of the Country Park area, will cause a loss of opportunity for the local community amenity value and provision for green open spaces to promote health and wellbeing.
  • The commercial van parking and storage development contravenes policy RUR4 in the current Local Plan adopted in 2019, and is inappropriate development in a Green Belt area. No special circumstances have been demonstrated. The claim that this is effectively “brown field land” because Bucks Council hired it out to a filming company last year is misleading! If these applications get approved they will contravene national and local planning policy.
  • For the van parking and storage, the claim there are no alternative sites is untrue and unsubstantiated.
  • Any development with fences, lighting and security presence, plus the continuous traffic will pose risk of significant harm to the protected wildlife on the site and in the adjacent nature reserve.
  • The alleged benefits funded by the development are vague in description, costing and timing – and there is little track record to demonstrate that either the applicant or Bucks Council will deliver on it.

Don’t forget to write to your Bucks councillors, especially Cllr J Towns, Cllr D Johncock and Cllr D Watson, to ask them to oppose this planning application!

Thank you very much for taking the time to do this – the more objections, the better! Once the land is built on, it will be lost forever.


Monday 7th Feb – 10.00am – 12.00pm, Marlow FM will be interviewing one of the developers for the proposed Marlow Film Studio project. Representatives from Wild Marlow and Save Marlow’s Greenbelt were given the opportunity to pre-record their views and concerns. Marlow FM would also like to hear from local residents.

If you have concerns or questions you’d like answering, please send them to


Yet another threat to Marlow’s Greenbelt has materialised, in addition to the pending film studio and football complex: a planning application for a commercial van parking site has been submitted. It is located right next to the Spade Oak Lake nature reserve and seeks to suspend the Buckinghamshire Council owned area’s restoration by 5 years. Up to 350 vans could be parked there, with multiple daily van and trailer movements between the site and Wooburn Green.

This Tuesday 8th February, Little Marlow Parish Council’s Planning Committee will discuss the Spade Oak Quarry planning application. This meeting is open to the public, so please join it to find out more.
Save Marlow’s Greenbelt will also communicate a recommended response and course of action in due course.

The planning application is here >

YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED NOW: Tell Buckinghamshire to protect our green spaces – deadline 11th Feb.

Buckinghamshire Council is preparing a new Local Plan. A Local Plan is a detailed document and map which sets out the future development of an area. Once in place, it is used to guide decisions on whether or not planning applications should be given planning permission. It also shows where and how much future development can take place and how an area will meet its future housing needs.

In the current Local Plan, the Little Marlow Lakes Country Park area is not marked for development. Let’s make sure that it remains that way.

Please complete the online survey before 11th February and highlight the need to protect the environment and green, open spaces rather than prioritising endless building projects.


Save Marlow’s Greenbelt will have a stall at the Marlow Market on The Causeway on Saturday 5th of February, from 10am-3pm. We would like to sell ❤️❤️ Valentine-themed ❤️❤️ craft, cake and confectionery items and spread the word about our campaign.

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Locals talk about the wildlife that is under threat should Marlow Film Studio be built.


At a time when more and more areas of Marlow are being built on, preservation of Greenbelt is vital for wildlife. It is our duty to protect their homes and hunting grounds.

Local group Wild Marlow have made a public statement on the proposed development.

A Wild Marlow spokesperson said

“It provides vital habitats for many protected and priority species, including badgers, bats, owls, skylarks, kestrels, stag beetles and wild orchids. The land would be decimated by this development and the impact on wildlife would be disastrous.”

full statement here

It is at this time we release our 2nd video ‘Wildlife’, featuring locals who are passionate about this land and why we need to protect it, we call on Marlow to help.


We are currently fundraising to raise awareness of the threat to our Greenbelt with door to door residential flying and posters.Please help us secure enough funding to ensure residents make an informed decision.

DONATE here >

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New Year Fun Family Wildlife Trail in the Little Marlow Lakes

Jan 1, 2022 AT 10 AM – Jan 3, 2022 AT 3 PM

What better way to start the New Year than a wonderful family friendly wildlife walk in the Little Marlow Lakes Country Park, right on our doorstep.

There will be a wildlife poster trail for you to follow, spotting the amazing species you can find in the area. With some fascinating facts and quiz questions as you follow the route.

There will be a stand set up outside the church on the Sunday (10-3) for anyone wanting to claim a prize for their quiz.

The walk is around 3 miles and should take around an hour – sturdy footwear and weather appropriate clothing recommended.

Bring your binoculars or cameras and let us know what you find! For further details email

Parking available near the Thames Water Treatment Works entrance. Please avoid blocking driveways. There will be a church service on the Sunday morning, so parking may be limited in Church Road.

What justification is there for destroying our Greenbelt

Film Studios are being built all over southern England and now unscrupulous developers are jumping on the bandwagon to try and make a quick buck.

Just a few days ago Buckinghamshire councillors approved a 77 acre expansion to Pinewood studios, a huge studio complex is being built up the road in Reading, Shepperton Studios in Surrey is planning to double their operations and Bray Studios, just a few miles away, is expanding.

Is there really a need for yet another Film Studio in Marlow?

Is it really worth all the traffic problems, the harm to the area’s character and the destruction of our Greenbelt when there will be no benefits to us?

We think not, particularly when even industry insiders are sceptical about the actual demand – “With millions of square feet of production space coming into the market in the next few years, there’s more than enough to meet everyone’s needs.” (Source: VARIETY)

In this short film, Marlow residents talk about how they feel about the Marlow Film Studio in relation to what could well become a ‘glut’ in the filmmaking business.


We are currently fundraising to raise awareness of the threat to our Greenbelt with door to door residential flying and posters.

Please help us secure enough funding to ensure residents make an informed decision.

Donate here >

Follow our news, and keep up to date with how things are going and how you might be able to help.

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