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High Wycombe’s eight-stage studio receives planning permission

Owners Stage Fifty say they also plan to build live broadcast sound stages for homebound unscripted television

Stage Fifty’s plan to open an eight-stage facility in High Wycombe has been approved by the local council.

Stage one at the facility is already up and running, with the remaining seven stages and studio facilities expected to be completed in the next 18 months.

Wycombe Film Studios will include 295,000 sq ft of production space, and is expected to create around 1,200 jobs and generate an estimated £305 million economic output (GVA), including training opportunities for young people who want to enter the film industry.

James Enright, CEO of Stage Fifty, said: “Wycombe Film Studios will be a unique creative space that works for everyone. We’ll deliver the same high level of service and personal attention to clients here as we do at Farnborough Film Studios and Winnersh Film Studios. Across our UK locations, we’ll offer the industry over 20 sound stages supporting a combination of large, medium and small-budget films and HETV, from Hollywood blockbusters to independent film and television. We also plan to build live broadcast sound stages for homebound unscripted television.”

Stage Fifty said it has developed new technologies and innovative ways to build its studios more sustainably. Wycombe Film Studios includes green spaces throughout the site, creating new habitats for wildlife and improving the studio environment for everyone who works there.