Blockbuster film set on Rogate common

ROGATE Common could be transformed into the set for a movie blockbuster.

The South Downs National Park Authority has received a planning application for the formation of a film set and supporting activities on the common in Tipsall Lane in Rogate.

The proposal includes construction of hardstanding for temporary marquees and storage facilities, with car parking, to be followed by full restoration of the land on completion of filming.

The application was submitted this month and is currently pending consideration.

The land is privately-owned managed woodland.

Use of the site has been requested from May 19 until September 26 – 19 weeks in total, but to include only four days 
of filming.

The land will remain open to the public and the applicant has assured the planning authority that no traffic will pass through Rogate, Liss or Liphook, but use the A3, with heavier traffic using the Petersfield junction.

During the construction phase, the site would operate between 7am-6pm, and from 6am-9pm throughout the filming stages.

At the ‘peak of filming’, there will be some 150 to 200 people on site, with security staff.

The applicant, Mr Wai Man Chung, states: “It has been shown that filming can bring considerable economic benefit to an area.

“There will be extended benefits to the wider community based on the production company spending money on overnight accommodation, meals, fuel supplies, groceries, and local machinery hire.

“The making of a film will bring financial benefits to the immediate local area and to surrounding villages and towns.”