Magazine article Screen International

Scottish Government Approves Major Film and TV Studio

Magazine article Screen International

Scottish Government Approves Major Film and TV Studio

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Studio complex is due to be built near Edinburgh.

Scotland

Planning permission for Scotland’s first purpose-built film and TV studio has been been given the green light by Scottish ministers.

Pentland Studios, which has achieved formal approval from the government, will be built at Straiton, near Edinburgh. No firm date has been set for start of construction.

The multi-million pound complex, which is due to feature six large sound stages, could ultimately include two backlots, a hotel, visitor centre, an energy centre or power plant, workshops and a film school campus with student accommodation.

The privately-funded project, a major rallying cry for local indsutry, has also been the souce of controversy for the past two years due to environmental concerns. It will be built on about 100 acres of greenbelt land at Old Pentland Farm in the Straiton area.

A handful of major US film and TV productions have shot in Scotland in recent years but have needed to use alternative warehouse spaces due to the lack of a custom-built facility, which it is hoped would stimulate significant inward investment and local business growth in the country. …

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