Hollywood movie could be filmed near Fleet
By Lou_101 | Monday, January 09, 2012, 10:09
Planners must decide whether a location near Fleet can be used for a Hollywood film.
A Hollywood movie could be filmed near Fleet
Director Ron Howard – who made Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon – is making a film called Rush about the 1976 Formula 1 title fight between Niki Lauda and James Hunt.
Planning permission is being sought to turn part of Blackbushe Airfield into a set for the film.
But Natural England has objected over concerns it may affect nearby heaths.
It says filming location is close to a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Protection Area (SPA), which are legally protected.
Shooting has already started in Europe and production company Rush Films says the movie will provide work for Hart businesses and use some100 local residents as extras.
The construction of the timber film set and security fencing at Blackbushe was due to start this month.
Planners at Hart District Council say the planning application will be considered on its merits but it will probably take a couple of months for a decision to be made.
If it goes before district councillors it will not be seen until 8 February.
Stephen Spielberg's 'War Horse' – which had its Royal premiere this week - was also partially shot locally in woodland near Reading.