Pinewood Shepperton has concluded its Project Pinewood appeal by stressing that its expansion proposals will benefit both producers and the environment.

The group’s appeal against South Buckinghamshire Council’s decision to refuse permission for the project concluded this week.

Commercial director Nick Smith told the planning inspector the expansion would give the UK “a competitive edge”.

He said: “Project Pinewood’s streetscapes, with built in power supply, fibre technology, camera angles and demountable street furniture, will deliver unparalleled cost advantages to producers and reduce the carbon footprint of film and TV production.”

The facilities group, which wants to expand its Pinewood site and build 1,500 homes and a network of sets, is facing opposition from local residents.

The final decision will now be made by secretary of state for communities and local government Eric Pickles. A

MediaCityUK developer Peel looks set to acquire Pinewood Shepperton after its recent bid was accepted by Pinewood’s board of directors.