- By Will Durrant
- Local Democracy Reporting Service
A new television studio complex could be given special planning rights under proposals being discussed.
The upcoming Wicked movie, featuring singer Ariana Grande, and Paddington in Peru, have both been filmed at Sky Studios Elstree in Hertfordshire.
Hertsmere Borough Council could give the studios rights to install equipment and props without needing planning permission each time.
Councillors will discuss the Local Development Orders (LDOs) on Wednesday.
Officers say the special orders could remove “barriers to relatively minor forms of development whilst ensuring that potentially harmful development is excluded from the LDO”.
One LDO would cover the film studio and a second would cover Panattoni Park near Elstree Way, which Sky Studios Limited has a 15-year lease on for additional storage and other facilities.
Hertsmere council has previously adopted an LDO for the EastEnders set at BBC Elstree Centre, also in Borehamwood.
Together, the orders for Sky Studios Elstree would cover 16 purposes, including construction and installation of props and special effects.
The draft LDOs demand Sky Studios Elstree keeps noise to at least five decibels below nearby background noise levels – or provide mitigation such as noise insulation if teams cannot achieve the target.
A Sky representative said: “Sky Studios Elstree will attract a range of productions, everything from high-end TV to blockbuster films.”
As scale of productions can vary, Sky argued “the way the site is used can differ from production to production”.
They said: “Having LDOs in place simply means that many of these temporary structures, which would typically be expected to be granted planning permission, will not go through the planning process each time, freeing up planning officers’ time and allowing the studio site to better serve productions without administrative delays.”
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