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 Info@marlowfm.co.uk
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.
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.
We would really appreciate your help with… 🍰 baking and donating cakes, cookies, biscuits etc. We will also need a list of ingredients for food safety reasons. (Don’t worry – you don’t need to reveal the recipe!)
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.”
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.
HOW CAN YOU 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.
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)