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The Marlow Studio Project could be built on the A404 at Westhorpe Junction from Volvo Bridge
Developments for a new film studio to be built on the A404 near Marlow are continuing.
In June, it was revealed that plans for the multi-million-pound development were put in place, which could see the former landfill site at the Westhorpe Junction be transformed into a state-of-the-art television and film set.
After much talk, public exhibitions took place across Marlow at the back end of July/start of August, which saw some of the project’s leading figures speak to members of the public and residents about the potential development, as well as their concerns.
Following this, the project’s local directors are encouraging for as much feedback as possible on the proposals – and the next formal step towards planning has progressed with an environmental impact assessment, recently filed with Buckinghamshire Council.
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The 60-page scoping report, prepared by Waterman Infrastructure and Environment Ltd, sets out details of the possible environmental impacts of the proposed scheme – which will bring 5,000 jobs to the area – and seeks to agree the scope of the Environmental Statement that will be submitted alongside the planning application.
It also sets out potential land uses which include film production buildings, events space, service roads and car parking, as well as ecological enhancements, landscaping, pedestrian and cycle routes and new areas of open space.
Robert Laycock, director of the Marlow Studio Project said: “This latest announcement shows the ambition from other local authorities to provide opportunity for high budget inward investment, and what we are proposing for Marlow would deliver a studio of outstanding design which is also highly sustainable.
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“We want to continue South Buckinghamshire’s reputation as the centre of excellence for film, building on its heritage as the base for productions like Star Wars, James Bond and classics like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Brief Encounter.
“This is the next important step in understanding the context and condition of the site and we are hoping to continue to hear from as many people as possible with their valued feedback, in order to inform the design masterplan.
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“Our priority is for the community to be the first to hear from us as the plans progress.
“We are asking people to actively review, consider and share their thoughts about the studio plans, which, if passed, will allow South Buckinghamshire to retain its leadership in this dynamic and important sector.
The full report is available to view online as well as on the Buckinghamshire Council portal.
For more information about the environmental report and to sign up for the Marlow Studio Project newsletter, visit: https://www.marlow.film.
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