Object to the Marlow film Studio

The planning application for the film studio project has been published on the planning portal with reference number 22/06443/FULEA.

There are more than 400 documents to view, but don’t worry: here is some help on how you can make your objection most effective.

How do I object?

  1. Click the link to the planning portal
  2. Select the “Comments” tab. Then click “Login and make a comment” (if you have made a comment before) or “Register here”.
  3. Once logged in, check that all details (name, address etc.) are correct and select the type of commenter relevant to you – likely “Member of Public” or “Neighbour”. Note that anonymised comments are not taken into account when evaluating planning applications.
  4. Select “Object” under “Stance”.
  5. Write your comment in the large box (max 5000 characters)
  6. Press “Submit”.

It seems that the original period (until 23rd July) has been unofficially extended. If you want to write more than 5000 characters, you can also email planning.wyc@buckinghamshire.gov.uk, with “Objection to 22/06443/FULEA” in the subject line.

Alternatively, you can fill in our form and we will send our objection template on your behalf.

What should I write?

Guidance on general topics of what you can use as arguments and what you cannot, is available from the Buckinghamshire Council website. You can read Save Marlow Greenbelt’s official objection online.

Everyone should write their own personal reasons for objecting in their own words, but here are some salient points to consider (or copy as a template):

  • The proposed site is designated as Green Belt in the 2019 Local Plan (policy RUR4), which provides National Planning Policy protection from inappropriate development. The 2019 Local Plan is very new and as such is considered to be very relevant in its policies and designations.
  • The proposed site is designated as mitigation for the release of green belt in Bourne End in order to build circa 500 houses. Removal of the proposed site from the Green Belt would therefore also remove the mitigation for the Bourne End development.
  • The proposed site is adjacent to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Beauty and would be out of keeping with the natural rural landscape character.
  • The special economic circumstances claimed by Dido Property Limited (Guernsey) rely on further growth in the film industry (including streaming services that are now cutting costs) and proximity to London. The recent approval of extensions to nearby Pinewood Studios and the conversion from temporary to permanent studio space at the Wycombe Air Park both offer skills & opportunities for local young people. Do we actually NEED another film studio?
  • Recruiters are currently struggling to fill job vacancies in our area. Film studio jobs would largely be for those travelling from London or the wider area and our local traffic infrastructure is not designed for this level of commuting. The plan for the studios requires a maximum of 40% car travel, which is unrealistic as the current average for similar studios is 80-90%.
  • The alternative site assessment (required to demonstrate the need to develop here) is very thin, centres around a “West London Cluster” and does not provide any detail on which sites were considered. It does not include any locations in the North of England, where the need for employment opportunities is greater. This is not compatible with the Government’s “Levelling Up” policy.
  • Local sewage infrastructure cannot cope with this development and is likely to lead to increased discharge into the River Thames.
  • The proposed site is a valuable wildlife-rich habitat, supporting multiple protected and endangered species.
  • It is detrimental to the people living in the area, destroying their quality of life by being surrounded and trapped by the industrial-scale development.
  • It ignores the rights of way (footpaths and cycle tracks) that people have been using for more than 20 years.

If you have any questions about the process, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will help you where we can.