New proposals have been revealed to expand Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, with the aim of delivering more world-famous movies and providing a boost to the local economy.
New sound stages, workshops, offices, a car park, external areas for film production and improved green spaces for public access could be created at the local site, which is also home to the popular
Warner Bros. Studio Tour.
The proposals have been put forward with the local area and sustainability in mind. Traffic management, biodiversity improvements and access measures are also addressed in the plans.
With a consultation put forward to residents last month, the studios are looking to submit a planning application to Watford Borough Council and Three Rivers District Council.
The plans have sparked concerns amongst some local residents, including the Gypsy Lane and Fernhills Residents’ Group (GL&FRG).
Adrian Stokes, from GL&FRG, said: “In respect of Warner Bros.’ future activities, there remains widespread concern about the proposed use of the two fields either side of Gypsy Lane.
“We wish to work with Warner Bros. to minimise the impact on the green belt land either side of Gypsy Lane, but we will need time to study their proposals before responding fully.”
Emily Stillman, senior vice president of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, said: “Our ambition is to reinvest further in our studio to meet the increasing demand for our facilities from productions, bringing more jobs and economic benefits to the area, whilst also continuing to improve our local environment.
“Making a positive contribution to the local community is a priority. We are in regular contact with residents in Gypsy Lane and have given careful consideration to how we address their concerns. Our plans include the creation of a 12-acre public open space and an ambitious planting programme along Gypsy Lane which will add to the biodiversity and the protection of wildlife in the area.
“As part of our application, we will be investing in additional landscaping to minimise the visual impact of our external filming activities. We will also introduce restrictions on the height and location of sets and other temporary structures.”
You can find out more and get involved in the consultation here.