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Big Brother could continue at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood for five more years
Big Brother could be on our screens for the next five years if its application for planning permission is given the go ahead.
Hertsmere Borough Council will decide next Thursday whether to grant permission for the reality television show to continue at Elstree Studios.
Producers Endemol and Channel Five are seeking approval for 46 eviction shows per year, 14 of which will be mid-week eviction shows.
It would also like to host occasional corporate events on the site.
The show, which has been on air since 2002, currently has permission to run until the end of this month.
It is also allowed to film 22 live eviction shows a year, however it has regularly had its written requests to exceed that amount granted.
Hillside Avenue Residents Association has objected to the proposal because of the noise nuisance caused by the Big Brother House.
In its letter, the association listed concerns about anti-social behaviour that happens on eviction nights.
It also stated 11pm was far too late for the show to finish, since the noise generated by evictions would have an adverse effect on people needing to go to work or school the next day.
However a report prepared by council officer James Chettleburgh has recommended the application is approved.
The report states: “Big Brother has played a significant part of the continued operation of the studios and helps to support a key place for employment within the borough.”
Mr Chettleburgh added he considered keeping the house would not result in an unacceptable impact on its neighbours.
In a joint statement, Channel Five and Endemol wrote: “Big Brother has worked closely with various council departments, local police and residents over the years to manage its eviction shows at Elstree Studios and to minimise any disturbance to nearby households.
"It will continue to do so going forward.”
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