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Marlow Film Studios

World-leading, modern studios for the future of British filmmaking.

Supporting over 4,000 new creative sector and local jobs.

Generating economic growth and employment for Marlow,

High Wycombe, and wider Buckinghamshire.
Marlow Film Studios

World-leading, modern studios for the future of British filmmaking.

Supporting over 4,000 new creative sector and local jobs.

Generating economic growth and employment for Marlow, High Wycombe, and wider Buckinghamshire.
Lastest update
On Thursday 30th May, Buckinghamshire Council’s Strategic Sites Committee met to discuss the Marlow Film Studios application. Following the meeting, Robert Laycock, CEO of Marlow Film Studios, said:

“Despite many members on the committee crediting the quality of the application, and acknowledging the very significant social and economic benefits it would bring to Buckinghamshire, we are disappointed the committee was not able to support this extraordinary proposal. It is one of the most significant investment opportunities in the future of Buckinghamshire and its residents, and we are now considering the next steps for the development.

“In addition to luminaries like James Cameron, Andy Serkis, Paul Greengrass, Richard Curtis, Jeremy Irons and a host of global figures who support us, we are most touched by the unprecedented level of local support from Buckinghamshire. Over 5,200 people wrote letters of support, and well over 100 people turned up in person to the meeting today to show councillors how much they care.”
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Our story
In 2015, the UK overtook California in terms of the contribution it makes to the global film industry. By 2022 total spending on film production was almost £2bn per year, and the visual arts contributes over £12bn to the UK economy.

By 2026, an additional 6 million sq/ft of purpose-built studio space is needed in the UK to meet the demand in the sector. The new world-class technical studio space and facilities at Marlow will be a unique opportunity to meet this demand while securing Buckinghamshire’s leading role in the creative economy.

Our studios will provide cutting-edge technology, will bring thousands of new local jobs, and will expand opportunities for Buckinghamshire and the wider UK’s growing community of creative professionals.
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Why Marlow?
75% of the UK’s film and TV economy and employment is delivered in the area to the west of London, centred on Buckinghamshire. This is the culmination of over 80 years of local investment and training, and the result is an unparalleled ‘industry cluster’ of creative and technical excellence.

Our proposed site, east of Marlow, would be at the heart of this cluster, turning former gravel quarries into a new home for British film-making, and generating over 4,000 high tech and creative jobs in the local area.

The new studios would be adjacent to the A404 dual carriageway, with excellent transport links to the local towns, as well as to Reading, Beaconsfield, Oxford, London, and Heathrow Airport.

The left hand map shows the distances from Marlow Film Studios

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The left hand map shows the distances from Marlow Film Studios

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High-quality design & environmental enhancement
This will be a significant new development. The designs for Marlow Film Studios have been developed by Jason Prior of Prior & Partners, masterplanner of the London 2012 Olympic Park, alongside double Stirling Prize-winning architects Wilkinson Eyre.

The buildings across the studios area will be of high quality, and will feature living roofs, green walls, and solar panels. On and around the site, we will retain more than 80% of the existing trees, and we will plan for over 300 more, helping the project to achieve a biodiversity net gain of 20 per cent.
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Improving traffic flows & investing local transport
The proposed site is well-connected, and our plans will improve the local transport network further. The studios will also fund the necessary improvements to the A404 access roads to Westhorpe roundabout into Marlow. These improvements will address the current safety risks from queues of traffic off the A404 at peak hours. The proposals put forward and funded by the Studios will improve traffic flows through widened roads and the use of smart traffic lights.

We will establish two new public bus services, linking up the Elizabeth Line at Maidenhead to High Wycombe, and offering local links between Marlow, Little Marlow, and Bourne End.

Additional local cycle routes will also be set up, and existing rights of way will be upgraded, all helping us to achieve our target cap of just 60% of single-occupant journeys to site being by car.

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Click to a video from Ian Dix, Senior Director of SLR Traffic Consultants, on the safety improvements proposed for the Westhorpe roundabout on the A404.

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Community & education
Marlow Film Studios will help to build the UK’s position as one of the world’s leading creative industry hubs – and will anchor this with investment in employment opportunities, reskilling, training and support for the local community.

We will provide expanded opportunities for the UK’s community of creative professionals, including a focus on growing diversity in the sector and supporting the local creative ecosystem through new training and education support initiatives.

We will work with local schools, colleges, and higher education bodies to support skills training and champion the wider creative sector in the region – and have already received support for our plans from Buckinghamshire’s leading education providers.

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Click to a video from Jenny Craig, CEO of Buckingshire College Group, on the skills and jobs opportunities that the studios represent for Bucks' young people

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Employment & skills
The local workforce is integral to the success of Buckinghamshire’s creative industry. The strength in talent and technical ability of the creative sector has developed alongside the studios in the area for more than eight decades.

Marlow Film Studios will foster new local employment opportunities - generating over 4,000 new jobs. 2,000 of these will be technical and production roles, and another 2,000 will be created in the wider economy through the provision of adjacent services and goods.

In the first ten years of the studios it is expected that the site will generate £3.5bn of new investment in film and TV production, of which £1.5bn will be spent locally. We will invest in training for the next generation of creative talent, helping to secure the future of Buckinghamshire’s leading role in the global film and TV industry, and offering inspiring and rewarding opportunities for local people to build careers in the sector.

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Click to a video from Colin McGregor-Paterson, discussing opportunities for new jobs and levelling up among Bucks' disadvantaged communities

Who we are
The Marlow Studios management team draws on decades of experience in the film and TV industry, as well as expertise across real estate, design and environmental management.

We are a local team, and are passionate about the success of the British film industry and expanding opportunities for local people in the growing creative sector.
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Our planning application
A detailed planning application for our proposals was submitted to Buckinghamshire Council in May 2022, and was considered by the Strategic Sites Committee in October 2023.

The Committee elected to defer a decision on the application, pending further material to be provided. The next meeting of the Strategic Sites Committee will now take place in May 2024.
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Latest NEWS
Avatar director James Cameron backs Marlow Film Studios
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CEO Robert Laycock reflects on the Prime Minister’s show of support for Buckinghamshire’s film and TV industry
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Rishi Sunak reacts to Marlow Film Studios as he promotes Buckinghamshire’s global film and TV prominence
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Dear Sir/Madam,

Re: Marlow Film Studios (ref: 22/06443/FULEA).

I am writing in support of the application for Marlow Film Studios, a film studio planned on former landfill next to the A404, within the parish of Little Marlow.

I was really encouraged to read of the latest polling across Bucks showing overwhelming support for the project and for the jobs and economic development that come with it. The opinions of residents across Bucks matters, particularly those who live and work close to the Studio site.

This is a decision that Bucks councillors should be making on behalf our children, and their future. This is a decision about providing them with greater opportunity and wider chances. The next generation urgently need opportunities for careers that keep them within Bucks and allow our towns and villages to flourish as homes for all ages.

Providing sustainable jobs and careers is vital for the long-term prosperity of any community. The growth of the British film industry over recent years has been extraordinary and its future growth is backed by all the political parties. Marlow Film Studios intends to be the future centre for British filmmaking. The fact that we have an industry of this global standing planning to build studios in our county is something we should be proud of. Many of today’s young people want to work in the creative sector.

I am particularly excited at the possibilities it provides for our disadvantaged communities. For local people, the Studios will also be close to one of the more culturally diverse parts of Buckinghamshire. The Studios’ partnerships with institutions such as Buckinghamshire College Group will provide access points to the creative economy for an under-represented diverse community as part of Wycombe’s regeneration challenge.

I understand that all new developments present challenges. But I believe that considerable efforts are being made to manage these. I am pleased to note the financing of the road traffic improvements on the Westhorpe roundabout, the provision of new bus routes, the care being put into providing accessible parkland for residents and a biodiverse environment.

The Studios are being built on a former gravel pit, on land that is no longer suitable for agriculture use. I understand that any decision on Green Belt land needs to illustrate clear benefits to the community that outweigh the impact. Overall, I believe the strong benefits robustly and significantly outweigh the negative considerations, and so I strongly support the planning application.
What will happen to your details: When you click “send” on this form, you will be added to our campaign and we will generate the a letter of support in the form linked above in your name for the Marlow Film Studios planning application. We will share this letter with Buckinghamshire Council councillors and officers, Buckinghamshire Parish Council councillors, Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), and Members of Parliament. These organisations may upload this letter publicly on their planning portals and/or website and will adhere with their Privacy Policies. In particular, we are requesting that Buckinghamshire Council upload these letters to their Public Access website for our application. Any processing of data by Buckinghamshire Council will be in accordance with their Privacy Policy.

You may also submit comments or letters of support directly on the Public Access website.