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Shepperton Studios reveals expansion plans

Studio opens consultation with local residents ahead of submitting planning application

Shepperton Studios has announced plans to improve existing facilities and expand its sound stage space.

The Studios wants to expand onto adjacent land as it looks to construct a range of facilities such as new sound stages, offices, workshops, backlots, car parking and infrastructure.

Before submitting a planning application for the studio expansion to Spelthorne Borough Council, Shepperton Studios said it will work with the local community, councillors and the film and television industry through a series of public events and a consultation website.

Speaking about the plans for expansion, Andrew Smith, corporate affairs at Pinewood Group, Shepperton’s owners, said: Shepperton Studios plays an important role in the successful UK film and television industry. The Studios attract major and independent production companies from around the world to shoot in the UK. Our proposals are designed to both improve and expand the existing facilities such that we can continue to meet the demand for high-end studio space and thus ensure the ongoing success of the UK’s creative sector.

“The proposed expansion to the Studios will bring wider economic, employment and educational benefits for Spelthorne. The expanded facilities will create jobs within the Borough and opportunities for people to enter the industry.

To help us deliver this essential private sector investment we will be working closely with the local authority, the local community and other key stakeholders including those in the film and television industry and we look forward to sharing our plans in the near future.”