Film making at The Bourne - Planning Application

Closed 4 Dec 2012

Opened 19 Nov 2012

Feedback Updated 18 Mar 2013

We Asked

In order that our planning application for Forestry and Filming at Bourne Wood addresses, wherever possible, the issues and concerns raised by interested parties and that opportunities are taken within the application to add value to the filming activity locally, we asked you to complete our online survey to capture your views.

You Said

65% of online responses were strongly supportive or supportive of filming activity continuing in Bourne Wood. 15% of online responses were strongly against. Many respondents, even those in support of the activity, were concerned about particular issues surrounding filming, predominantly: Nature, Recreational Access, Traffic and Noise.

We Did

We have amended our initial outline proposals for future filming at Bourne Woods in light of feedback from the Residents Association, people’s feedback from the drop in event and the online survey responses. We recognise the main issues and have changed our planned application to address these points. The full application will be available on Waverley Borough Council's website very soon: http://waverweb.waverley.gov.uk/live/wbc/pwl.nsf/webdisplaypubliclist A non-technical summary of the application can be viewed on our website: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/englandsurreynoforestbournewood

Overview

The Bourne Wood is strategically important to the UK film industry as a filming location. Since 1999 numerous films, commercials, television programmes and music videos have been filmed here.

Filming activity at Bourne Wood is important to the local economy and to The Forestry Commission, as it makes a significant contribution towards the cost of managing the Public Forest Estate.

The Forestry Commission is preparing a planning application which regularises the current activity and is suitably flexible to ensure that an appropriate level of activity can continue on site without the need to re-apply for planning permission or for film companies to decide to film abrouad instead.

An Environmental Impact Assessment is currently being prepared by The Forestry Commission's planning consultant. This is expected to be submitted with a planning application early in 2013.

The Forestry Commission welcomes your views in order to develop this application.

Why We Are Consulting

In order that our planning application addresses, wherever possible, the issues and concerns raised by interested parties and that opportunities are taken within the application to add value to the filming activity locally.

Audiences

  • Landowner / manager
  • Local community member
  • Forestry Commission staff
  • Forest visitor
  • Wildlife management
  • Media
  • Woodland group

Interests

  • Organisational change
  • Discovery Pass / membership