PINEWOOD protestors are limbering up for "round two" after the studios lodged an appeal over their rejected £200million expansion.

The world-famous studios submitted the appeal to the government's Planning Inspectorate last week after South Bucks District Council rejected the plans on May 15.

The expansion, which would more than double the size of the existing Iver Heath site, was turned down over the detrimental impact it would cause to the Green Belt.

The move is likely to result in a public inquiry, as seen with Pinewood’s previous expansion attempt, which was initially refused by SBDC in 2009 and the decision upheld on appeal last year.

And protestors, who have fought against the proposals since the first application was announced, are preparing for another bout against the film industry giant.

Sylvie Lowe, who heads up the residents’ campaign Stop Project Pinewood, said: "It’s round two for us - here we go again.

"The Green Belt issue has not changed, the point now is whether the inspectorate fully believe the business case Pinewood are putting forward.

"You can make the figures speak how you want them to, but there’s always two sides to every debate.

"We’re back on the merry go-round, but we’ve been here before so we know a little more about the procedure so that will definitely help us.

"We will just have to see. Everybody said we wouldn’t win last time but we did."

Pinewood maintains the most recent application is vital for the studios’ survival, promising over 3000 jobs and ensuring the UK remains at the forefront of film, TV and digital arts.

The studios have been used to film worldwide blockbusters such as the Harry Potter series and the James Bond movies.

The 15-year plan has received backing from industry leaders and a letter of support for the UK film industry from Business Secretary Vince Cable.

And the application was narrowly voted down by SBDC Planning Committee despite an independent review advising councillors Pinewood’s business plans seemed economically sound.

The £200million studio expansion plans include the erection of new stages, workshops, offices and streetscapes.

Ivan Dunleavy, Pinewood Shepperton plc chief executive said "The proposals have received overwhelming support from leading global figures and companies in the creative industries, business groups, national and local businesses and members of the local community.

"We expect a decision to be taken by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by the end of the year."