Planning permission has now been given in principle for the new £230m Pentland Studios project on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Permission had originally been turned down in 2015 by Midlothian Council but the company behind the studios, PSL Land, appealed to Scottish ministers who ruled that the economic benefits of the project outweighed objections. 1600 jobs are expected to be created.

Plans for 106 acre site include six sound stages ranging from 15,000 to 30,000 square feet along with a water stage and workshop and office space.

PSL Land said it will be “moving forward immediately with the application for planning permission in detail for the Film Studio, Academy and Energy Centre sections of the development. Working together with Midlothian Council, PSL hope this next stage will be expedited accordingly, recovering the construction scheduling that will enable delivery of the key Studio operation by late 2018.

“It is anticipated that a detailed schedule to progress the planning application will be agreed with Midlothian Council in the next few weeks, producing a phased timeframe with the Studio, Academy and Energy Centre as the first buildings to be progressed to full planning consent.

Jon Creamer