Stage Fifty has announced that it has submitted plans for a “permanent eight-stage film studio designed for the world’s top film and high-end TV programme-makers”, with Buckinghamshire Council expected to reach a decision on the application in January 2023.
The plans would turn the 26-acre site just off the M40 near High Wycombe into a sustainable film studio, “driving economic growth by delivering multi-million-pound investment to the region and creating hundreds of jobs”.
“We want to build a sustainable studio that the people of Wycombe are proud of, one that will create exciting new jobs for the community and generate around £305m GVA,” said James Enright, CEO of Stage Fifty. “As soon as we have a decision from the council, everything can happen in a short timeframe as the design of our innovative sound stages means we can build quickly. Once the studio is fully operational, it will support around 750 full-time jobs and 450 indirect jobs in the supply chain. And we’ll develop the skills of young local people by offering traineeships and industry placements at Wycombe Film Studios through Stage Fifty’s Academy of Creative and Technical Arts (ACTA).
“Our goal is to build a studio that is not only sustainable in its construction but a place where people are excited to work in the heart of Buckinghamshire. Ultimately, we want Wycombe Film Studios to set the benchmark, attracting filmmakers from all over the world.”