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Commenting on the announcement that expansion has been approved, Ivan Dunleavy, Chief Executive of Pinewood Shepperton plc said:
“Our project builds on the success of the Government’s policy for the creative industries and addresses the shortage of stage space in the UK.
"As a result of today’s green light from the Secretary of State, thousands of much needed new jobs will be created in this growing sector of the economy.
"We want to begin construction as soon as possible. I’d like to thank colleagues both within and outside the industry, for the tremendous support they have given the project.”
Plans for a multi-million pound expansion of Buckinghamshire's Pinewood Studios have been given the go-ahead. It comes as filming continues on the set of the new Star Wars franchise.
The Department for Communities and Local Government confirmed ministers had approved plans for the studio expansion. Film companies including Universal, Disney and LucasFilms backed the £20m Project Pinewood, while London Mayor Boris Johnson and the British Film Institute also came out in favour.
It comes after the Buckinghamshire-based site was earmarked as the filming location for the next instalment of the Star Wars franchise, Episode VII.