The prospect of Hertfordshire adding another world-class film, TV and digital production facility to its portfolio moved a step closer recently when Broxbourne Borough Council’s Planning and Regulatory Committee granted outline planning permission for Sunset Waltham Cross Studios.
The proposed development, which will be located on a 91-acre site close to junction 25 of the M25, would be the first expansion of the Sunset Studios platform outside of the US.
Richard Roberts, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council and Chair of Hertfordshire Growth Board, said: ‘It is superb for Hertfordshire that this development has received outline planning permission, as it’s a clear sign that our county is moving closer to delivering this significant development for our residents, with more than 4,800 jobs expected to be created.
‘We are strongly committed to providing high quality, local employment opportunities, which will be vital to delivering the sustainable and responsible growth we want for the people of Hertfordshire and, as such, this is an important development towards achieving those aspirations, with it expected to contribute more than £300m every year to the local economy.
‘Hertfordshire already has a status as the home of the UK’s internationally-acclaimed creative media industry, with Sky Studios now at Elstree alongside the BBC, and Warner Brothers at Leavesden, so the emergence of the Sunset Studios development will only strengthen that reputation and attractiveness to others looking to locate here.’