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Lord Vaizey of Diccot, Marlow Film Studios Advisory Council Chair said in a public letter of support, "Buckinghamshire has a leading role in British filmmaking history. The accumulated expertise, investment and culture are ever more valuable assets for the community. It is a legacy of global importance, painstakingly assembled over three quarters of a century. On screen, Buckinghamshire outperforms 250 times her normal economic reach.

Some of the proudest achievements of my time in government are the film and TV policies designed to support this industry. Careful planning had by 2022 produced the equivalent of 20 additional BBC drama departments for the UK. 2023 is a year when British-led projects like Barbie and Oppenheimer have powered our British culture and the creative economy to ever greater success.

Buckinghamshire leads and, in concert with directly neighbouring local authorities, accounts for three quarters of the UK’s investment and employment economy in film and TV.

Our international competitors envy this success and want to draw investment away. We must not be complacent. Delivering quality working space here, in the right place for this stellar sector, is critical to continued success for the UK.

The collective wisdom of my fellow members of the Marlow Film Studios Advisory Council stands for itself, and what follows are their views on the opportunity ahead.

Together, we believe Marlow Film Studios will deliver impressive benefits to the long-term success of the film and high-end television industry in Buckinghamshire, and to the consequent livelihood and productivity that is very special here.

This project is based on sound principles of sustainable development, using highly regarded British Design.

More than half of the land involved will be secured exclusively for wildlife, training and culture or quiet recreation for the local community.

Transport is addressed in impressive detail, with road improvements and two new public bus services. These will provide much needed connections to the public transport infrastructure currently just out of reach for Marlow and the surrounding communities and resolve some pressing issues on the road network.

This new economic hub will contribute £3.5bn over the first ten years to the economy, creating more than 4,000 jobs, and will over the generations come to support countless local young people to begin rich and fulfilling careers."
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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.
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