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Scheme would create 900 jobs

Ministers in u-turn on £140m film studio plan

film studioThe Scottish Government is calling in plans for a £140 million film and television studio development in Midlothian.

Ministers have had a change of heart after initially knocking back a request from PSL Land to examine the plan.

Only days ago the Local Government and Communities Directorate, Planning and Architecture Division, told the developer that “while noting the major potential of the proposal and the intended delivery of an energy centre and film studio for Scotland ministers do not propose to call-in the application at this time.”

In a sudden u-turn they now see the studio proposal to be of “national significance”. They may have been swayed by the 900 jobs on offer and the fact that the location is on 86-acres of soon to be delisted greenfield land to the west of the A701 at Straiton.

The facility, designed by Keppie,  would be Scotland’s first purpose-built film studio complex and would include six sound stages, backlots, a film school, hotel, student accommodation and energy centre.

The developer hopes to be operational by the Autumn of 2017.

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