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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
Bucks Business First
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.

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