Studio operator Stage Fifty has revealed plans for an eight-stage facility on a 26-acre site near High Wycombe.
Stage Fifty has submitted a temporary planning application for Wycombe Film Studios to support a Hollywood feature film that will start shooting in 2022. An application for a permanent studio will follow later this year.
In 2019 the proposed site for Wycombe Film Studios was allocated as a strategic employment area in the Local Plan for Wycombe District, with the adjacent Air Park remaining in situ.
It will be Stage Fifty’s third site in the UK, following the launch of its studios in Farnborough and Winnersh.
Stage Fifty said the studios will support around 600 temporary jobs during the construction phase. Once the studio is operational, Stage Fifty said the studio will create around 750 full-time direct jobs and support 450 indirect jobs in the supply chain.
James Enright, CEO of Stage Fifty, said: “We’re excited to reveal our plans for Wycombe Film Studios. We’ve been working behind the scenes for two years to ensure we have everything in place to build a world-class film studio with all the elements for success.
“We’ve received temporary planning approval to build one stage and workshops and have submitted further applications for three more stages to support a major feature film that will start shooting this year. We’ll apply for full planning permission to create the long-term permanent studio in the coming months.”
Adrian Wootton OBE, chief executive of the British Film Commission, said: “The UK is enjoying an immense, once-in-a-generation production boom, generating billions of pounds for the UK economy and translating into thousands of new jobs across the country’s nations and regions. Indeed, the demand for filmed content is at an all-time high, which in turn is driving the need for additional studio and stage space.
“The development of new facilities, such as Wycombe Film Studios, in tandem with a focus on greater skills development, will further strengthen the UK’s position as a leading centre of film and high-end TV production in the world.”
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