06:11PM, Wednesday 12 May 2021
The filming of a Netflix hit show may not happen in the Royal Borough as officers have recommended for the film set to be refused.
Producers are eyeing to film season two of Bridgerton, which is the streaming service’s most-watched series, at Windsor Great Park.
The show is a period drama set in the regency-era and stars Julie Andrews, Adjoa Andoh, and many more.
If plans are given the go-ahead this would involve building a film set on land adjacent to the Drawery at the park for a period of five-years, to allow filming to take place on an annual basis for each series during the summer.
The built set will recreate a London Square in the regency era surrounded by fake buildings that cover an area of 120m x 120m.
None of the buildings will be enclosed or have roofs.
In addition, there will also be temporary structure used as an office, independent power and water supply, tech area and storage containers, a marquee for costumes and dining and construction, and general waste skips.
The majority of these facilities will only be brought onto the site during filming week.
To the east of the site, 150 car parking spaces will be provided for the cast and crew members.
Councillors on the Royal Borough Development Management panel will meet face-to-face for the first time at the Holiday Inn in Maidenhead on Wednesday, May 19, to consider this application.
Planning officers have recommended the plans to be refused over fears of the ‘loss of openness’ to the green belt and will affect the character of the area.
In the report, they write: “The proposal is inappropriate development in the Green Belt and would result in loss of openness to the Green Belt and lead to encroachment of development in the countryside.
“Very special circumstances’ do not exist in this case to justify granting planning permission and the proposal.
They add: “The proposal would detract from the rural character and appearance of the area and be detrimental to the recreational value of the public footpath.
“Insufficient information has been submitted to demonstrate that protected species and/or their habitats would not be adversely affected by the proposal.”
Billy Presbury, 21, of Moray Drive, and Kai Warwick, 19, of Whiteford Road, targeted a trio of teenage boys in Farnham Park on June 1, 2019.