Plans for a temporary film studio at Shinfield have been unanimously approved.

Wokingham Borough Council’s (WBC) planning committee approved the plans for 14,800 sq m of space at Thames Valley Science Park which will last for five years. The scheme is a forerunner to the more ambitious Shinfield Studios development which is still in the planning process.

The temporary development has been fast-tracked to allow for a major production which needs to begin this Summer.

Nick Smith, joint managing director of Shinfield Studios, said: “The opportunity to bring a major Hollywood based production company to the UK, and specifically to Wokingham and Shinfield was presented to us just before Christmas 2020.

“However, to realise this ambition, these facilities need to be built and ready for use by September 2021 at the latest, the planning approval means we can get on and deliver this first stage of our plans.”

Cllr Wayne Smith, WBC executive member for planning and enforcement said: “We identified the Thames Valley Science Park as a location for innovative growth and it’s great to see that what we are creating there is being recognised and becoming the place to be. 

“This venture may not have been part of our strategic plan for the borough, but people have welcomed the opportunities it will bring and it is the support from local residents and the parish council that has really enabled this project to progress.”

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