Hunton Bridge residents who are frustrated by Warner Bros. Studio’s (WB) temporary use of green belt are continuing to hold the filming studios accountable for the land.
WB have been using a field on Gypsy Lane for various productions since early this year after getting permission from Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) – a move which The Gypsy Lane and Fernhills Residents’ Group felt was “rushed and ill-considered”.
Seven months later, the residents’ group have seen nothing to change their views, and they continue to be plagued by Warner Bros’ use of the land, which they said was necessary to adhere to COVID-19 regulations.
Adrian Stokes, of the residents’ group, said: “The thing that bothers us most is the encroachment onto green belt – the last piece of green belt between here and Watford. We don’t seem to have a council that understands the concerns that we have.”
Many of those concerns were voiced by the residents during a consultation period last year – they included how the use of land would be of detriment to residents, walkers and users of Gypsy Lane, and how there would be a significant visual impact.
The residents say their concerns were ignored and that the condition of the field shows that they were valid.
The entire field is closed off to the public at all times, the field is now a huge eyesore in the green belt and the residents’ association is having to prompt WB to look after the area effectively.
Their fear moving forward is that WB will submit a further application in two years for permanent use of the field for filming, further damaging the green belt.
A spokesperson for Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden said: “We are committed to operating within the planning permission that was granted and are in regular contact with the local resident group.
“It means we can hear concerns as they are raised which we strive to address wherever possible.”