Outline planning permission granted for Shepperton Studios expansion
PUBLISHED: 10:22 15 February 2019 | UPDATED: 10:22 15 February 2019
Spelthorne Borough Council’s Planning Committee has resolved to grant outline planning permission for Shepperton Studios expansion
Sightings of Hollywood stars in Surrey were in danger of becoming a thing of the past if Shepperton Studios wasn’t given the go ahead to expand its site as part of a £500 million development on green belt land,
However, recent approval will allow the progression of this Pinewood Group-owned facility, resulting in an increased capacity for film and television production. If given final approval - the application is now being referred to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government - the development will result in an annual boost of £300m to the UK economy.
The plans had previously received backing from Disney, Netflix and Lucasfilm and Shepperton stated that without development the UK will lose out on major films being made here and the studio itself was in danger of closing.
The plans include the partial demolition of the existing studios, the construction of new studio facilities south of the River Ash corridor, new car parking and a new access point off Shepperton Road (B376).
The proposed expansion is set to create 1500 construction jobs and a further 3000 jobs at the completed studios. More details on the expansion can be found here.
Some of 2018’s biggest films were shot at Shepperton. Emily Blunt returned to the roots of her Surrey school days when she filmed large parts of Mary Poppins Returns at the studios, while fellow Surrey girl, Lily James, filmed Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again there.
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