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Pinewood Studios visitor attraction and expansion plans approved

Pinewood Group can progress with plans to develop the £500m Screen Hub UK, situated adjacent to Pinewood Studios.

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Pinewood Group’s planning application for the expansion of the Pinewood Studios site, which includes a film-inspired visitor attraction, has been approved by Buckinghamshire Council.

Now that Pinewood Group has been granted planning permission, the company can progress with plans to develop the £500m Screen Hub UK, situated adjacent to Pinewood Studios.

The development will expand the existing facility, increasing capacity for film production in the UK. The project is expected to boost the UK economy by £355m annually and create more than 3,500 jobs.

The proposed development includes sound stages, a skills and training hub to be operated by the National Film and Television School, a business growth hub, and a film-themed visitor attraction called Pinewood Studio Experience.

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Additionally, Pinewood Group plans to extensively enhance the ecology and biodiversity of the area surrounding the development in Buckinghamshire, England.

“We are delighted by this outcome,” said Paul Golding, chairman of Pinewood Group. “The decision allows us to continue our ongoing investment in the studios and support for the UK film and television industries.”

“Importantly, we now have the opportunity of creating a world-class training centre and film inspired visitor attraction, bringing considerable benefits to the community of Buckinghamshire and the UK economy,” Golding added.

Studio tours are rising across the globe, with Warner Bros. and Linen Mill Studios opening the Game of Thrones Studio Tour on February 4, 2022 in Banbridge, Northern Ireland. 

Warner Bros Studio Tour Tokyo is due to launch on the grounds of Toshimaen amusement park in 2023. It will be the second experience of its kind in the world, following Warner Bros Studio Tour London.

Images: Pinewood Group

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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