‘This is a quiet rural area’: Derbyshire villagers’ concerns over Mission Impossible 7 filming

Six residents in Stoney Middleton voiced concerns ahead of a film crew coming to the area, documents show.

By Michael Broomhead
Friday, 30th April 2021, 5:49 pm
Updated Saturday, 1st May 2021, 2:16 pm

Earlier this year, the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) approved Jupiter Spring Productions Ltd’s planning application to shoot a train crash scene at the disused Darlton Quarry.

Jupiter Spring Productions Ltd is working on Mission Impossible 7, starring Tom Cruise – and many people have been excited about a bit of Hollywood coming to Derbyshire

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Mission Impossible star Tom Cruise in Rome last year. Picture by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP via Getty Images.

But during the public consultation period for the planning application, Robin and Elizabeth Longbottom told PDNPA: “This is a quiet rural area within the Peak District National Park and is not suitable for a large influx of spectators and workforce.

“Surely this type of enactment could be done more economically and with less effort and disturbance by being digitally generated.”

Nicola and Chris Rose added: “While we are not objecting to the proposed works and filming and the location manager has been kind enough to meet with us to discuss the proposals in detail, we do have serious concerns about people wanting to view what is going on.

“The film is now well known generally and there is even 'chatter' on social media about visiting to view what is going on.”

John and Rosemary Spalton, meanwhile, said they had ‘serious’ concerns about traffic issues on Middleton Lane.

There is also plenty of positivity in Stoney Middleton, however.

Earlier this week, Pete Grafton, owner of Toll Bar Fish and Chips in the village, said there was ‘much excitement’ and a ‘real buzz’.

“Plenty of people have been visiting the area which is good for local businesses,” he added.

A statement on behalf of Jupiter Spring Productions Ltd said its operations in Stoney Middleton ‘should be viewed in a positive manner’.

“The scheme will bring considerable direct and indirect benefits to the local economy through job creation and supply chain links,” it said.

“Overall, the proposal will not result in undue pressure on the highway network.”

Work has been taking place to construct an eye-catching set at the former quarry – with rehearsals, filming and site clearance expected to be complete within the next month or so.