A £500m plan to expand and improve Shepperton Studios, in Surrey, England, has received planning permission from Spelthorne Borough Council.
The plans would see Shepperton, which is part of the Pinewood Group, add new studio space, including sound stages, offices, workshops, backlots, car parking and additional infrastructure.
With council approval, the application will now be referred to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for his consideration.
Recent productions that have used the studios’ facilities include Beauty And The Beast, Mary Poppins Returns and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
According to a statement from the Pinewood Group, the expansion could secure 1,500 construction jobs and a further 3,000 jobs at the Studios if given final approval.
“The decision to support the studios expansion provides the opportunity to enhance the UK’s offer, attracting even more producers and directors from around the world, whilst maintaining Shepperton’s position at the forefront of the global production facilities market,” said Adrian Wootton, chief executive of the British Film Commission.