Buckinghamshire Council has approved an £800 million expansion of Pinewood Studios.

The studios used to film the James Bond and Star Wars franchises have been approved for an £800 million expansion.

Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire has submitted plans for a 1.4 million square foot (130,064 square meter) expansion that will include 21 new stages, a training hub, and a publicly accessible nature reserve.

Buckinghamshire Council has approved the plans.

According to Pinewood Group, the expansion will make it the “largest studio complex in the world,” creating 8,000 jobs.

The group also stated that it would “inject £640 million into the UK economy” each year.

“The approved expansion will directly address the continued growth in demand for production accommodation in the United Kingdom,” the company said.

“It’s fantastic to see Pinewood expanding its studios,” Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said.

“The UK’s film and television industries are thriving, and this £800 million expansion demonstrates the sector’s global success,” she said.

“The investment will assist in the creation of more jobs, the development of new talent, and the production of even more high-quality productions on our shores.”

Pinewood Studios has been producing films, TV shows, commercials, and music videos for over 80 years, ranging from Oliver Twist and the Carry On series to the sci-fi thriller Alien and several Marvel films.

In addition to expanding the studios, the group plans to establish a 63-acre nature reserve at Alderbourne Farm, which is located north of the studio site.

“The publicly accessible reserve will protect existing habitats and enhance local biodiversity while also providing new footpaths, creating a community asset,” Pinewood Group said.
Andrew M Smith OBE, the group’s corporate affairs director, stated: “Buckinghamshire Council has approved our plans for the expansion of Pinewood Studios and the creation of a new nature reserve at Alderbourne Farm.

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