Pinewood has now begun consulting with the local authority and stakeholders to expand its facilities at its Shepperton Studios site.
The Shepperton plans include new sound stages, offices, workshops, backlots, car parking and infrastructure, as well as a new access to the expansion site from Shepperton Road (B376).
Andrew Smith from Shepperton Studios said: “Shepperton Studios plays an important role in the successful UK film and television industry. The Studios attract major and independent production companies from around the world to shoot in the UK. Our proposals are designed to both improve and expand the existing facilities such that we can continue to meet the demand for high-end studio space and thus ensure the ongoing success of the UK’s creative sector.”
“The proposed expansion to the Studios will bring wider economic, employment and educational benefits for Spelthorne. The expanded facilities will create jobs within the Borough and opportunities for people to enter the industry.”
“To help us deliver this essential private sector investment we will be working closely with the local authority, the local community and other key stakeholders including those in the film and television industry and we look forward to sharing our plans in the near future.”
Before submitting a planning application for the studio expansion to Spelthorne Borough Council, Shepperton Studios plans to work with the local community, councillors and the film and television industry through a series of public events and through a consultation website at www.sheppertonstudiosconsultation.co.uk.
Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council said: “Our Council has been a strong supporter of Shepperton Studios because of its historical, cultural, economic and employment significance in the Borough. We welcome the fact that they are consulting widely at an early stage about their expansion plans and we look forward to seeing further details. I encourage residents to take the opportunity to attend these events to find out more and make their views known”.
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