Magazine article Screen International

Scottish Government Approves £250M Studio

Magazine article Screen International

Scottish Government Approves £250M Studio

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Delivery of the key studio operation expected by late 2018.

Scotland will get its first purpose-built film and TV studio after the Scottish government approved, in principle, plans for a £250m development on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Proposals for six sound stages on the 96-acre site at Straiton in Midlothian were "called in" by the Scottish government in December 2015 after Midlothian Council failed to make a ruling on the application.

Ministers on Monday night overturned a recommendation from a government reporter to throw out the scheme on environmental grounds and instead granted "planning permission in principle" for the Pentland Studios.

They cited the benefits that the studio complex will bring to Scotland, which could include thousands of new jobs and the ability to attract feature films and high-end TV drama production.

"Scottish Ministers have carefully considered all the evidence presented by the written submissions and the reporter's conclusions and recommendations and do not support the reporter's recommendation to refuse this application," they said.

"While it is accepted that the proposal is not in accordance with the development plan overall, it is considered that the anticipated significant socio-economic benefits of this specialist mixed use proposal, on a local and national scale outweigh any potential negative consequences to the development plan including loss of greenbelt, localised impacts on amenity and uncertainty around cumulative road and traffic impacts".

Delayed project

PSL Land, the project's developer, said it would be "moving forward immediately" with the application for detailed planning permission for the project which also includes a training academy and an energy centre. …

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