Pinewood Studios plans an £800 million expansion to the approved scheme.

The studio that produced the James Bond and Star Wars films has announced an £800 million expansion to an already approved plan.

In April, Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire received planning permission for Screen Hub UK, which included a visitor attraction.

The studio has now submitted plans for a larger scheme of 1.4 million square feet (130,064 square metres) and a nature reserve.

It stated that it would “assist in addressing the shortage of studio space in the UK.”

Pinewood Studios, near Iver Heath, has produced films, TV series, commercials, and music videos for over 80 years, ranging from Oliver Twist and the Carry On series to the sci-fi thriller Alien and several Marvel films.

Screen Hub UK, the Pinewood Group’s already approved £450 million expansion to its current site, is set to open in 2020 and will include studio buildings, education and business growth hubs known as Centre Stage, and the Pinewood Studios Experience, a film-inspired attraction.

Buckinghamshire Council has now received a planning application for an expanded scheme spread across two sites, Pinewood South to the south of the studios and Alderbourne Farm to the north.

On 82 acres of land, the Pinewood South project aims to build 20 purpose-built sound stages with workshops and offices.

It is estimated that it will generate over 8,000 new jobs and contribute £640 million to the UK economy each year.

As part of the development, a 64-acre nature reserve at Alderbourne Farm is proposed. There are also plans for a new backlot and workshop complex based on the former farm buildings.

According to the studio, the revised scheme is the result of customer, industry, and community feedback that pointed to “increasing the amount of studio floorspace while retaining and committing to the delivery of Centre Stage.”

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