Lights, camera, action as consent secured for studios at former air force base

Permission has been given for new commercial TV and film studios at Church Fenton Aerodrome, in North Yorkshire.

On behalf of Makins Ltd, Pegasus Group has secured the approval of reserved matters for three new sound stages/studios, office space and new landscaping at the Church Fenton media complex.

It follows a grant of outline planning permission, also submitted by Pegasus Group upon the site in 2020.

Having hosted productions such as ITV’s Victoria, the approval of this reserved matters application is a further step in the transformation of the former RAF airbase into a modern commercial TV and film studio facility.

The latest proposals will deliver over 161,000 sq ft of new floorspace, improving facilities for filmmaking.

Chris Makin, managing director at Makins Ltd, said: “This latest permission is an important step forward in our exciting plans for the aerodrome’s future.

“The ongoing commitment to the site’s revitalisation highlights the dedication of all parties involved in transforming the Church Fenton Aerodrome into a thriving multi-use destination for TV production, events and businesses.

“We are committed to delivering an exceptional facility that will showcase North Yorkshire’s potential and attract talent from around the world.”

Leading the project, Pegasus Group has acted as project manager on the site since 2016.

Heidi Boot, of Pegasus Group, said: “The site’s redevelopment is an excellent example of making best use of previously developed land to generate economic opportunities.

“The decision recognises the immense potential of the Church Fenton Aerodrome as a location that can attract investment, drive economic growth and foster the development of the creative industries in the region.

“The latest approval will deliver purpose-built studio space to go alongside the existing hangars creating around 1,800 full-time equivalent jobs and adding around £0.94bn GVA to the UK economy over a ten-year period.”

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