Pinewood Shepperton submits revised plans for studio expansion in UK

4 February 2013 (Last Updated February 4th, 2013 18:30)

Pinewood Shepperton has submitted a new £200m planning application to South Bucks District Council in the UK for the expansion of Pinewood Studios located in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire.

Pinewood Studios expansion in UK

Pinewood Shepperton has submitted a new £200m planning application to South Bucks District Council in the UK for the expansion of Pinewood Studios located in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire.

As per the new plans, the UK-based film studio Pinewood intends to double the size of its Iver Heath site over the next 15 to 20 years.

The new plan will create 100,000m² of new facilities on the current 100-acre site, including studios and stages, workshops, production offices and streetscapes for filming.

In 2009, the council rejected Pinewood’s application saying that the development was not appropriate in the Green Belt region.

The earlier proposal included 1,400 new homes and ‘live-in’ film sets, a primary school, retail, community and other buildings.

Pinewood Shepperton appealed the council’s decision but in January 2012 UK Communities Secretary Eric Pickles also rejected the proposals.

It is claimed that the new plan, called the Pinewood Studios Development Framework, will provide £194m of private sector infrastructure investment, produce an additional £149m in gross value added, provide an additional contribution to the Exchequer of £36m per year and generate an additional £37m per annum in UK exports.

The company said the new plan will allow it to capture increasing international demand for studio facilities.

Pinewood Shepperton chief executive Ivan Dunleavy said the plan represented a critical opportunity for the UK film industry.

"Without infrastructure to meet the rising demand, the UK will inevitably turn away business," Dunleavy said.

"Pinewood Studios, the UK film industry and UK plc cannot afford to allow this to happen."


Image: The new plan will add 100,000m² of new facilities to the current 100 acre Iver Heath site. Photo: Pinewood Shepperton.