Controversial £200m Project Pinewood plan refused by Government

Bucks Free Press: Protesters against the Project Pinewood plan gather in October 2009. Protesters against the Project Pinewood plan gather in October 2009.

PINEWOOD Studios’ controversial £200 million development plan which would have seen 1,400 new homes and ‘live-in’ film sets built on Green Belt land has been thrown out by the Government.

The Project Pinewood plan for Iver Heath, which has been met with fierce opposition by members of the community, was refused by secretary of state Eric Pickles.

The proposal would also have included a primary school, retail, community and other buildings and facilities for employment use.

It’s ‘streetscape’ buildings would have been based on a Venice canal and New York street scenes among others.

These would have been used for filming but were also intended to double as living spaces.

Pinewood Shepperton PLC, said it was disappointed by the news and “will now take time to review the decision in detail.”

The world famous studios have been used for the filming of both the James Bond and Harry Potter series’of films over the years.

South Bucks District Council leader Adrian Busby welcomed the decision – yet also hit out at the Government’s recent approval of the High Speed 2 plan, which would see a rail line from London to Birmingham run through the Chilterns.

He said: “Coming so closely after the appalling HS2 decision from Government, this is better news for the district, the people of Iver and surrounding areas and for the environment.

“I was never in doubt that this proposal should not go ahead and I am glad that the secretary of state agrees.

"Unlike the HS2 decision this demonstrates that the Government means what it said in its recent draft National Planning Policy Framework by ‘ The Government attaches great importance to Green belts. The fundamental aim of Green Belt policy is to prevent urban sprawl by keeping land permanently open; the essential characteristics of Green Belts are their openness and their permanence'.”

Deputy leader and portfolio holder for sustainable development, Cll Roger Reed, added: “I am pleased that the Government has seen through the weak and flawed case put forward by Pinewood Studios.”

SBDC refused planning permission for the expansion plan in October 2009, as anti-Project Pinewood protesters massed outside the council’s offices in Denham.

The council refused the scheme on the basis that the proposals were inappropriate development in the Metropolitan Green Belt and that the applicant has not demonstrated any special circumstances sufficient to warrant an exception to Green Belt policies, that the proposal would urbanised and harm the landscape of the Colne Valley Park, that the site is in an unsustainable location with poor accessibility to facilities and services which would generate significant levels of car use inconsistent with national and local policy, and that the proposals would adversely affect trees and hedgerows.

Pinewood Studios Ltd submitted an appeal against the SBDC decision in 2010 and a public inquiry was held at the Evreham Centre in Iver in April and May 2011.

The studio said the project was essential for the UK’s creative industries, was “of national and regional significance” and would bring considerable economic benefits and boost employment. It had received the backing of a number of business and industry figures, such as film director Ridley Scott.

A statement from the studio said: “Pinewood Shepperton plc (“The Company”) is disappointed by today’s decision by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to refuse planning permission for Project Pinewood. The Company will now take time to review the decision in detail.”

“The Company’s investment in the Project Pinewood land and costs incurred for the planning application are not material to the long term prospects of the Company. The Company will continue to implement its master planning consents at Pinewood and Shepperton studios and pursue its international strategy of developing studios overseas.

“Pinewood Shepperton plc is the leading European provider of studio and related services to the worldwide film and television industry.”

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4:48pm Fri 20 Jan 12

Scarletto says...

Thanks goodness for that decision.
A huge scarring intrusion into green belt averted.
Dear old Bucks escapes second huge loss of greenery - a pity the HS2 rail route wasn't refused too.
Where's old ex-councillor Bill Eastwell of Iver Heath and his chums when we needed them to organise things again! Sadly he's moved to Ludlow, I think.
He'll be pleased by studio refusal.
Thanks goodness for that decision. A huge scarring intrusion into green belt averted. Dear old Bucks escapes second huge loss of greenery - a pity the HS2 rail route wasn't refused too. Where's old ex-councillor Bill Eastwell of Iver Heath and his chums when we needed them to organise things again! Sadly he's moved to Ludlow, I think. He'll be pleased by studio refusal. Scarletto

5:24pm Fri 20 Jan 12

handsworth says...

Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire.
The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies.
The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area.
The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real.
This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail.
Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents?
Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off.
Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire. The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies. The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area. The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real. This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail. Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents? Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off. handsworth

8:32pm Fri 20 Jan 12

wayneo says...

handsworth wrote:
Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire. The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies. The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area. The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real. This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail. Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents? Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off.
That with your blinkers on you cannot see the harm, does not detract anything from the very real concerns from those that can.
[quote][p][bold]handsworth[/bold] wrote: Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire. The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies. The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area. The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real. This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail. Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents? Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off.[/p][/quote]That with your blinkers on you cannot see the harm, does not detract anything from the very real concerns from those that can. wayneo

10:41pm Fri 20 Jan 12

chris740 says...

handsworth wrote:
Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire.
The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies.
The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area.
The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real.
This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail.
Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents?
Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off.
here here. well said.
put the land to good use.
its overgrown anyway
[quote][p][bold]handsworth[/bold] wrote: Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire. The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies. The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area. The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real. This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail. Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents? Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off.[/p][/quote]here here. well said. put the land to good use. its overgrown anyway chris740

8:42am Sat 21 Jan 12

geoffW says...

Pinewood relocate to Elstree? That shows what little you know! It is like saying relocate the county offices in Aylesbury to the old library in High Wycombe.
Pinewood relocate to Elstree? That shows what little you know! It is like saying relocate the county offices in Aylesbury to the old library in High Wycombe. geoffW

12:01pm Sat 21 Jan 12

piran says...

Shame to see the chances to build this innovative business stopped by the conservatives (with a small C and anti-HS2, anti-progress etc) in Buckinghamshire. Unfortunately this was a highly predictable reaction from people who do not want any changes that might change their comfortable lives. I hope the studio moves to parts of the country that welcome the investement. Then the old studio land can be rebuilt as executive homes that no average wag earner could afford. That will keep out the riff raff.
Shame to see the chances to build this innovative business stopped by the conservatives (with a small C and anti-HS2, anti-progress etc) in Buckinghamshire. Unfortunately this was a highly predictable reaction from people who do not want any changes that might change their comfortable lives. I hope the studio moves to parts of the country that welcome the investement. Then the old studio land can be rebuilt as executive homes that no average wag earner could afford. That will keep out the riff raff. piran

12:03pm Sat 21 Jan 12

piran says...

handsworth wrote:
Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire.
The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies.
The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area.
The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real.
This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail.
Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents?
Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off.
Totally agree. Hope they move totally to a part of the UK that ecourages such innovative and important business.
[quote][p][bold]handsworth[/bold] wrote: Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire. The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies. The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area. The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real. This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail. Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents? Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Hope they move totally to a part of the UK that ecourages such innovative and important business. piran

12:06pm Sat 21 Jan 12

piran says...

chris740 wrote:
handsworth wrote:
Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire.
The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies.
The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area.
The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real.
This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail.
Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents?
Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off.
here here. well said.
put the land to good use.
its overgrown anyway
It's shameful that this investment has been stopped, again by a vocal minority. Bet the vocal minority (NIMBYs?) have nice houses, good salaries or decent pensions. Hard luck the job seekers.
[quote][p][bold]chris740[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]handsworth[/bold] wrote: Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire. The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies. The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area. The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real. This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail. Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents? Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off.[/p][/quote]here here. well said. put the land to good use. its overgrown anyway[/p][/quote]It's shameful that this investment has been stopped, again by a vocal minority. Bet the vocal minority (NIMBYs?) have nice houses, good salaries or decent pensions. Hard luck the job seekers. piran

3:38pm Sat 21 Jan 12

BOOKERite says...

handsworth wrote:
Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire.
The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies.
The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area.
The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real.
This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail.
Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents?
Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off.
The reason why this project has been turned down is because it would have destroyed GREEN BELT land. The green belt is there for a very good reason: to stop urban sprawl and protect the wildlife and the future of Britain. Do you want it concreted over from end to end?
.
I believe that the Pinewood Studio's plan is a brilliant concept but build it on land that it is not protected by green belt. Why not get some the Councils or developers that are sitting on brownfield land to release it for the project. By the way I am not a NIMBY I just want to protect the countryside.
[quote][p][bold]handsworth[/bold] wrote: Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire. The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies. The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area. The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real. This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail. Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents? Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off.[/p][/quote]The reason why this project has been turned down is because it would have destroyed GREEN BELT land. The green belt is there for a very good reason: to stop urban sprawl and protect the wildlife and the future of Britain. Do you want it concreted over from end to end? . I believe that the Pinewood Studio's plan is a brilliant concept but build it on land that it is not protected by green belt. Why not get some the Councils or developers that are sitting on brownfield land to release it for the project. By the way I am not a NIMBY I just want to protect the countryside. BOOKERite

4:55pm Sat 21 Jan 12

wayneo says...

BOOKERite wrote:
handsworth wrote: Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire. The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies. The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area. The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real. This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail. Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents? Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off.
The reason why this project has been turned down is because it would have destroyed GREEN BELT land. The green belt is there for a very good reason: to stop urban sprawl and protect the wildlife and the future of Britain. Do you want it concreted over from end to end? . I believe that the Pinewood Studio's plan is a brilliant concept but build it on land that it is not protected by green belt. Why not get some the Councils or developers that are sitting on brownfield land to release it for the project. By the way I am not a NIMBY I just want to protect the countryside.
Quite agree, I think the plans looked fantastic just the wrong area. Were they to take those plans and regenerate an area which needed it then I'd be the first in line to support it. WDC learned from their mistakes and I think we've come out the better from it.
[quote][p][bold]BOOKERite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]handsworth[/bold] wrote: Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire. The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies. The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area. The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real. This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail. Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents? Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off.[/p][/quote]The reason why this project has been turned down is because it would have destroyed GREEN BELT land. The green belt is there for a very good reason: to stop urban sprawl and protect the wildlife and the future of Britain. Do you want it concreted over from end to end? . I believe that the Pinewood Studio's plan is a brilliant concept but build it on land that it is not protected by green belt. Why not get some the Councils or developers that are sitting on brownfield land to release it for the project. By the way I am not a NIMBY I just want to protect the countryside.[/p][/quote]Quite agree, I think the plans looked fantastic just the wrong area. Were they to take those plans and regenerate an area which needed it then I'd be the first in line to support it. WDC learned from their mistakes and I think we've come out the better from it. wayneo

5:52pm Sat 21 Jan 12

piran says...

wayneo wrote:
BOOKERite wrote:
handsworth wrote: Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire. The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies. The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area. The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real. This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail. Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents? Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off.
The reason why this project has been turned down is because it would have destroyed GREEN BELT land. The green belt is there for a very good reason: to stop urban sprawl and protect the wildlife and the future of Britain. Do you want it concreted over from end to end? . I believe that the Pinewood Studio's plan is a brilliant concept but build it on land that it is not protected by green belt. Why not get some the Councils or developers that are sitting on brownfield land to release it for the project. By the way I am not a NIMBY I just want to protect the countryside.
Quite agree, I think the plans looked fantastic just the wrong area. Were they to take those plans and regenerate an area which needed it then I'd be the first in line to support it. WDC learned from their mistakes and I think we've come out the better from it.
Nice idea (in theory) to use brown field sites but I think the whole investment has now been lost. All too late, but marvellous we have saved some land, in the name of greenbelt. Hard luck the job seekers/unemployed, I hope they understand the reasons for this lost opportunity!
[quote][p][bold]wayneo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BOOKERite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]handsworth[/bold] wrote: Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire. The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies. The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area. The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real. This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail. Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents? Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off.[/p][/quote]The reason why this project has been turned down is because it would have destroyed GREEN BELT land. The green belt is there for a very good reason: to stop urban sprawl and protect the wildlife and the future of Britain. Do you want it concreted over from end to end? . I believe that the Pinewood Studio's plan is a brilliant concept but build it on land that it is not protected by green belt. Why not get some the Councils or developers that are sitting on brownfield land to release it for the project. By the way I am not a NIMBY I just want to protect the countryside.[/p][/quote]Quite agree, I think the plans looked fantastic just the wrong area. Were they to take those plans and regenerate an area which needed it then I'd be the first in line to support it. WDC learned from their mistakes and I think we've come out the better from it.[/p][/quote]Nice idea (in theory) to use brown field sites but I think the whole investment has now been lost. All too late, but marvellous we have saved some land, in the name of greenbelt. Hard luck the job seekers/unemployed, I hope they understand the reasons for this lost opportunity! piran

8:12pm Sat 21 Jan 12

wayneo says...

piran wrote:
wayneo wrote:
BOOKERite wrote:
handsworth wrote: Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire. The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies. The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area. The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real. This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail. Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents? Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off.
The reason why this project has been turned down is because it would have destroyed GREEN BELT land. The green belt is there for a very good reason: to stop urban sprawl and protect the wildlife and the future of Britain. Do you want it concreted over from end to end? . I believe that the Pinewood Studio's plan is a brilliant concept but build it on land that it is not protected by green belt. Why not get some the Councils or developers that are sitting on brownfield land to release it for the project. By the way I am not a NIMBY I just want to protect the countryside.
Quite agree, I think the plans looked fantastic just the wrong area. Were they to take those plans and regenerate an area which needed it then I'd be the first in line to support it. WDC learned from their mistakes and I think we've come out the better from it.
Nice idea (in theory) to use brown field sites but I think the whole investment has now been lost. All too late, but marvellous we have saved some land, in the name of greenbelt. Hard luck the job seekers/unemployed, I hope they understand the reasons for this lost opportunity!
If it was such a necessity in the first place then it follows that the development would continue elsewhere regardless, just not on Greenbelt.
!
Jobs alone is such an emotive term but there are many factors as to why we have 2.7million people out of work, Government Policy, previous and present, unregulated banks being the second, greedy scumbags who thought they were property developers borrowing more than they could afford etc etc etc. To say that we should concrete over the South East for jobs is quite frankly a folly and does not address the fundamental problems of why our economy is screwed.
!
The simplest way of promoting jobs, would be to make it cheaper for business to do business, lower business rates, national insurance etc etc etc.
[quote][p][bold]piran[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wayneo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BOOKERite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]handsworth[/bold] wrote: Pinewood Studios is a significant employer and asset in Buckinghamshire. The decision should have focused more on its future importance to the county rather than on the views of a few retired moaning minnies. The site is in the middle of nowhere and I can't really see how this would have caused huge harm to the area. The very real liklihood that they will up and leave and re-locate to Shepperton or Elstree is now very real. This may well be a hollow victory for the residents with a particularly vicious sting in the tail. Perhaps a waste transfer station and green energy incinerator on the redundant Pinewood site will be preferable to the residents? Sometimes people just don't appreciate when they are well off.[/p][/quote]The reason why this project has been turned down is because it would have destroyed GREEN BELT land. The green belt is there for a very good reason: to stop urban sprawl and protect the wildlife and the future of Britain. Do you want it concreted over from end to end? . I believe that the Pinewood Studio's plan is a brilliant concept but build it on land that it is not protected by green belt. Why not get some the Councils or developers that are sitting on brownfield land to release it for the project. By the way I am not a NIMBY I just want to protect the countryside.[/p][/quote]Quite agree, I think the plans looked fantastic just the wrong area. Were they to take those plans and regenerate an area which needed it then I'd be the first in line to support it. WDC learned from their mistakes and I think we've come out the better from it.[/p][/quote]Nice idea (in theory) to use brown field sites but I think the whole investment has now been lost. All too late, but marvellous we have saved some land, in the name of greenbelt. Hard luck the job seekers/unemployed, I hope they understand the reasons for this lost opportunity![/p][/quote]If it was such a necessity in the first place then it follows that the development would continue elsewhere regardless, just not on Greenbelt. ! Jobs alone is such an emotive term but there are many factors as to why we have 2.7million people out of work, Government Policy, previous and present, unregulated banks being the second, greedy scumbags who thought they were property developers borrowing more than they could afford etc etc etc. To say that we should concrete over the South East for jobs is quite frankly a folly and does not address the fundamental problems of why our economy is screwed. ! The simplest way of promoting jobs, would be to make it cheaper for business to do business, lower business rates, national insurance etc etc etc. wayneo

8:04am Sun 22 Jan 12

demoness the second says...

I am glad that the green belt has been saved.

People are not the only inhabitants of this planet you know.
I am glad that the green belt has been saved. People are not the only inhabitants of this planet you know. demoness the second

10:33am Sun 22 Jan 12

s6blr says...

It really **** me off to learn of this being blocked. A land owner cannot do what they want on their land, FFS!

I guess the very well healed residents of the local area are happy to pick up a higher Poll Tax, enjoy more out of work folks who they'll pay the dole to?

And the additional tax revenues that the local area now loses and the offset effect this would have had to moderate taxes doesn't mean anything as well.

NIMBYS. This county is full of feckless NIMBYS.
It really **** me off to learn of this being blocked. A land owner cannot do what they want on their land, FFS! I guess the very well healed residents of the local area are happy to pick up a higher Poll Tax, enjoy more out of work folks who they'll pay the dole to? And the additional tax revenues that the local area now loses and the offset effect this would have had to moderate taxes doesn't mean anything as well. NIMBYS. This county is full of feckless NIMBYS. s6blr

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