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The studio behind Ariana Grande's film Wicked has acquired new planning rights

The studio behind Ariana Grande's film Wicked has acquired new planning rights

  • Written by Will Durrant and Danny Fullbrook
  • Local Democracy Reporting Service and BBC News, Hertfordshire

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The Wizard of Oz prequel features Grande as Glinda the Good Witch, and Chewing Gum star Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba.

The studios where Ariana Grande filmed Wicked are now subject to special, flexible planning rules.

Hertsmere District Council has agreed to allow Sky Studios Elstree in Hertfordshire to build sets without going through the usual planning process.

The EastEnders production team has had similar planning powers to the Walford set at the nearby BBC Elstree Center since 2020.

Sky Studios said it was thrilled with the decision.

Caroline Cooper, Chief Operating Officer, said: “We built Sky Studios Elstree to welcome some of the biggest blockbusters from around the world, so we are delighted to approve this special planning permission, allowing the flexibility needed in a world-class studio.” “Facility.”

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Sky Studios Elstree also hosted Paddington in Peru, the third film in the series produced by StudioCanal

Wicked: Part One was the first film to be filmed at Sky Studios Elstree and the musical is due to be released in cinemas this autumn.

On Wednesday, cross-party councilors voted to adopt two development consent orders (LDOs), covering the studio and Panattoni Park Borehamwood, which is leased by Sky.

Without LDOs, the studio would be required to submit planning permission for each new production.

This is useful for a film studio, which often needs to build temporary structures such as marquees and portable buildings.

Hertsmere District Council had previously adopted an LDO for EastEnders which was set at the BBC Elstree Centre, also located in Borehamwood.

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Sky's proposed plan to build a northern extension to their studio will be set out in May

Sky Studios Elstree may only use LDOs “to support and facilitate film and television productions”.

The list of permitted activities includes designing, building, decorating, storing and directing film sets, social care and catering for the crew, hair and makeup, and post-production.

The orders state that structures must not exceed 15 meters (49 feet) above ground level, excluding storage and fencing, which has a limit of 5 meters (16 feet).

Hertsmere Borough Council has not decided on separate plans to expand the Sky Studios Elstree site.

The company is planning a northern extension between Rowley Lane and the A1 in Borehamwood, with 10 sound stages and an expected additional production investment of £2bn in the UK creative economy over the first five years of operation.

A decision on the proposed extension is scheduled for May.

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