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Keppie film studio scheme goes in for planning

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Proposals for a £135 million studio complex and visitor attraction on the outskirts of Edinburgh by Keppie Design,have been submitted for in-principle planning approval.

The international-grade film- and television-focused development would feature six sound stages, an external water-stage, two backlots, workshops, and production office spaces. It is earmarked for an 86-acre site near Straiton.

The development - being driven by Pentland Studios Land Ltd, but which would carry a yet-to-be-decided name - would also include a film academy and student residence, a visitor attraction and hotel.

Keppie divisional director Alan Seddon, who is lead architect on the project, said the submission of the plans was a significant milestone.

‘Film and television play an important role in people’s lives, but for most of us their production is such a remote activity, both physically and emotionally,’ he said. 

‘That a project like this should be coming to Scotland is amazing and we at Keppie feel genuinely privileged to have been involved in getting it to this stage.’

Two thirds of the proposed site is agricultural land, while the remainder is derelict following mineral workings.

Midlothian Council has yet to set a target determination date for the plans.

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Keppie Design’s proposals for a film studio complex at Straiton, near Edinburgh

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