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Go-ahead given for Sky Studios Elstree

Last Modified July 09, 2020

Sky Studios Elstree, the UK’s new state-of-the-art film and TV studio, has received the green light to proceed with construction works following a decision last night by our planning committee.

MID-RES Sky Studios Elstree - L-R Nigel Wilson (CEO Legal  General) Helen Parker (NBCUniversal) Caroline Cooper (CFO Sky Studios) Cllr

From left to right are Nigel Wilson, CEO of Legal and General, Helen Parker, NBCUniversal, Caroline Cooper, CFO of Sky Studios, and Cllr Morris Bright MBE.

Councillors voted unanimously for a resolution to approve the Sky Studios Elstree planning application, subject to receipt of a satisfactorily completed Section 106 legal agreement, at their virtual meeting. It means work on the development, which is being backed by Sky's owners Comcast in partnership with sister company NBCUniversal and financed and developed by asset management company Legal and General, can begin this month, following strict safety and social distancing guidelines.

Following the planning committee's decision, our Leader, Cllr Morris Bright MBE, said: “We have a long and illustrious reputation for film and television production in our borough.  This exciting development means the creative industries will continue to thrive in Hertsmere.

“For local people, it means not just jobs – potentially 2,000 roles being created – but a major injection of skills and expertise, which we hope to harness through educational and training opportunities. And Sky Studios Elstree’s huge production spend will provide a massive boost to the local economy such as retail and leisure sectors and professional services at the heart of our communities in Hertsmere.

“Above all, this is a moment of huge pride for our residents and businesses. With the council-owned Elstree Studios, nearby BBC Elstree and now Sky Studios Elstree, this really does mean the return of the British Hollywood to our borough.”

To read the full press release go to Sky Studios website. To see the webcast of the meeting go here. 

You can also watch Cllr Bright speaking about the benefits of the scheme, along with Caroline Cooper, CFO of Sky Studios, Helen Parker of NBCUniversal and Nigel Wilson, CEO of Legal & General, here.

Posted on Thursday 9th July 2020

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