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FILM INDUSTRY LEADERS SUPPORT MARLOW FILM STUDIOS IN A LETTER FROM LORD ED VAIZEY
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 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.

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