Plans to redevelop Bray Film Studios go before councillors on Monday (November 8), with a recommendation for approval.

Filming at the famous site has declined over many years and a housing scheme had once been proposed. However, the resurgence in the demand for film space has prompted a rethink and the proposed scheme will see a major expansion of facilities on the 13.35-hectare site.

Proposals include around 30,000 sq m of commercial floor space consisting of:

  • Nine sound stages (four of them existing ones)
  • Four workshops
  • A rehearsal building
  • Offices and production facilities
  • Parking for 750 cars and 174 bikes

Five homes and some existing workshop buildings will be demolished under the proposed scheme.

However the proposals fall entirely within the Green Belt. Bray Studios has argued that the very special circumstances required for permission include economic and employment benefits which, it says, outweigh the harms of building in the Green Belt.

A new roundabout will be provided at the junction with the A308 and a shuttle bus service from Maidenhead Station is part of the travel plan.

The team on the project includes TateHindle architects, Nexus on planning and Dendy Byrne on project management.

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