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Buckinghamshire Business First Shows Support for Marlow Film Studios
Marlow Film Studios will “provide significant opportunities for the younger generation to gain the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to support a future career in the creative industries,” according to Buckinghamshire business leaders.

In a letter of support, Michael Garvey, Chairman Buckinghamshire Business First, welcomes the proposed £750 million plan which will create more than 4,000 jobs and 300 training places, highlighting that it will add opportunities to “sustain carers over a long period of time, as well as offering training within the Creative Industries for early career and career transition.”

He adds that the BBF supports the Marlow Film Studio proposal which, “delivers significant benefits, meets the clear needs for more film and television facilities as the UK continues to be one of Hollywood’s preferred destinations for filming big budget feature films, and further grows a sector which Buckinghamshire leads on both nationally and internationally helping achieve local and national government policy objectives,” and asks that Buckinghamshire Council planners gives it “serious consideration” as it “will add significant value to Buckinghamshire”.

Setting the proposal within its wider context, Mr Garvey adds that the proposal’s planned new transport hub will be a major catalyst to making sustainable transport options more accessible for the surrounding communities, who are currently not well supported with public transport.

Buckinghamshire Business First (BBF) is recognised by both the Department for Business and Trade (formerly BEIS) and the Department for Levelling up, Housing & Communities (DLUCH) as the Growth Hub for Buckinghamshire. BBF provides businesses in Buckinghamshire with knowledge, support and opportunities for growth. They have also been appointed by the Department for Education as the Employer Representative Body (ERB) for Buckinghamshire and are leading on the development of the Local Skills Improvement Plan. BBF is led by a Board of local business leaders whose organisations operate across a diverse range of sectors, employee numbers and turnover levels. One of the primary objectives of BBF is to promote business growth and to support a thriving economy. BBF amplifies the voice of the business community within Buckinghamshire and currently has over 15,000 businesses (of the 32,000 in the county – over 47%) engaged with its activities. 65.2% of private sector employment in Buckinghamshire is within businesses who are engaged with BBF.

You can show your support for a state-of-the-art film making facility by uploading a supportive representation on the portal (please access the link in the comments). If you would like assistance drafting a personal letter of support, or are just interested in finding out more please email support@marlow.film
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Bucks Business First
Dear Sir/Madam,

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

I am writing in support of the planning application for Marlow Film Studios, a new film and television studio located on land adjacent to Marlow and the A404, within the parish of Little Marlow.

The proposals will transform a low quality, neglected land infill site into a cultural and economic hub helping Buckinghamshire to sustain its role as a global centre for film and television production.

The studios are forecast to generate up to 4,180 jobs, with 2000 in the local community. It will generate £338m of economic activity per year, which will provide economic opportunities for local businesses and residents, which I fully support. Around two-thirds of production budgets are estimated to be spent in the local economy and associated supply chains which will further boost positive economic growth across Buckinghamshire and surrounding areas.

I support the education and skills commitments, including provision for traineeships, work experience and partnerships with local further and higher education institutes. The dedicated facilities for the proposed Education and Skills Academy which will provide significant opportunities for the younger generation to gain the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to support a future career in the creative industries. It will also help retain our young people in the area, providing them with more job opportunities in the creative sector and other businesses.

The studios will also fund the necessary improvements on the A404 access roads to Westhorpe roundabout into Marlow. The queue of traffic off the A404 at peak hours is already presenting a major safety risk, and the proposals put forward and funded by the Studios to improve traffic flows through widened roads and providing smart traffic lights will address this. The transport plan, prepared in coordination with Buckinghamshire Council, will improve connectivity through the creation of a new transport hub and two new bus services, including a direct and half-hourly bus between Maidenhead and High Wycombe and a new half hourly hopper service around Marlow, Little Marlow and Bourne End.

I also support the proposed Community Building, upgrades to cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, and delivery of a range of measures, including 25% of the site being used for public enjoyment and wildlife and additional offsite interventions, that aim to achieve a 20% biodiversity net gain in the natural environment within the local area. I believe this will add to local amenities in the area.

I believe that the Marlow Film Studios application delivers immense socio-economic benefits, meets the need for film and television facilities, achieves local and national government policy objectives, and adds to the co-location priorities of the West London Cluster.

For the reasons set out above in this letter, I believe very special circumstances are delivered to justify the granting of consent for Marlow Film Studios. I am keen to register my support.

Yours sincerely,
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.