Pinewood Studios says it is ‘evolving’ its plans for expansion at the Buckinghamshire site after feedback from the local community and its customers.

The Studios were granted planning permission in April 2022 for a screen industries growth hub known as Screen Hub UK on land to the south of its existing site. That development includes studio buildings, a visitor attraction and education and business growth hubs (known as ‘Centre Stage’).

Pinewood has received feedback from the community, its customers and the market, “all of which points towards” increasing the amount of studio floorspace in the scheme, while retaining and committing to the delivery of Centre Stage.

A planning application is being prepared for a variation in the scheme which provides more studio space, carries forward Centre Stage and holds the visitor attraction as an option.

A related application is also proposed for an open-air filming space (known as backlot) with supporting workshop buildings, landscaping and associated parking on part of Alderbourne Farm land owned by the Studios. The scheme also includes a proposal for the majority of the land at the farm to be used for the creation of a nature reserve with public access.

Pinewood Studios is preparing applications for these changes as a further option to the permitted Screen Hub UK scheme. Consultations with the local community and wider stakeholders will start over the coming weeks.

Jon Creamer

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