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

Partnerships are already in place with local educational institutions to build a Culture and Skills Academy. The studios will support them through providing studio facilities, internships and bursaries that support disadvantaged students and help improve the diversity of the industry. The ability for the studios to be permanently occupied by productions increases options for regular training. It will also provide a centre for local workers in the creative sector to connect, network, acquire new skills and find jobs. See Employment & Skills

Giving young people local opportunities to stay in the area once they have finished education is a critical requirement for Bucks in the longer term. Because of the lack of employment opportunities, Bucks has one of the highest percentages of ‘youth flight’ in the UK, with too many young people leaving the area for other opportunities. The Studios will help address this, drawing other employers into the area. Jobs in film are 25 percent more productive than the national average and pay is 20 percent higher. Such jobs are also are 3.5 times more productive than the average in Buckinghamshire.

As well as the direct job creation, the efficient design of Marlow Film Studios allows two productions to be on site shooting at any one time, with a third in preparation. Together this provides year-round occupation, a virtuous circle of permanence in studio operations, and removes the uncertainty and seasonal spikes which can often be challenging for local employees, suppliers and communities.

Included within the campus will be facilities to which the community will have access, including cultural events programmes.

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

07 Creative Skills Academy
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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