Campaign groups such as Save Marlow’s Green Belt said more than 1,000 people opposed the plan for the Marlow quarry.
Sam Mendes, director of Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, wrote a letter of support “as a resident of South Bucks and member of the film community”.He described the planned studio as “exactly what the industry and economy need right now”.
Chris Brock, who has worked on all the Mission: Impossible Films, said the development could become “the premier studio in the UK”. Councillors instead voted to defer the decision so further analysis could take place. The committee wanted to further consider greenbelt and highways issues linked to the A404.
There were five votes in favor of the plan and five against.
Chairman councillor Alan Turner, who had the deciding vote, said he believed deferring the decision to be “the safest route”.