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Pinewood Studios wins appeal for £200m expansion plan

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Pinewood Studios is set for a £200m expansion after the government overturned a previous planning decision rejecting the scheme

The Secretary of State for Communities of and Local Govenment (DCLG) overruled a previous decision by South Bucks District Council which had turned down the project due to concerns over building on the green belt.

The new development has been led by Arup and will double the existing Pinewood Studios by adding a total of 100,000sq m of new facilities, including studios and stages, workshops and production offices.

Commenting on the decision, Ivan Dunleavy, Chief Executive of Pinewood Shepperton plc said: ‘Our project builds on the success of the Government’s policy for the creative industries and addresses the shortage of stage space in the UK.

‘As a result of today’s green light from the Secretary of State, thousands of much needed new jobs will be created in this growing sector of the economy. We want to begin construction as soon as possible. I’d like to thank colleagues both within and outside the industry, for the tremendous support they have given the project.’

The scheme has been designed to allow the UK to keep pace with increasing global demand for film production facilities.

A previous plan which was submitted in 2012 by the studio and included 1,000 homes was rejected by the government.

 

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