Permission has been granted for a £500 million extension to Pinewood Studios.

Buckinghamshire Council’s strategic sites planning committee approved the plans at its December 16 meeting.

The development for new studio space includes sound stages, a skills and training hub to be operated by the National Film and Television School, a business growth hub and a major film-themed visitor attraction, Screen Hub UK.

Pinewood Studios says the scheme will result in a £355m boost to the UK economy and create more than 3,500 jobs.

Paul Golding, chairman of Pinewood Group, said: “We are delighted by this outcome. 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.”

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