Saving Bray Film Studios from luxury housing development

I am writing to you on behalf of the Save Bray committee to request your support in saving this iconic film studio. It has been operating successfully for over 60 years, supplying local employment and bringing international finance and acclaim to the UK, but is currently under threat of demolition in order to make way for luxury homes. An application has been made to Eric Pickles to have the planning permission revoked. Teresa May has taken an interest and been monitoring the situation. Maria Miller has also been informed.

During this period of economic downturn, there is a paradoxical rise in the British film industry. According to an independent report published in 2012 UK film contributes more than £4.6 billion to UK GDP and more than £1.3 billion to the Exchequer. The Economic Impact of the UK Film Industry, published by Oxford Economics, shows the industry's growth outstrips the UK economy as a whole and suggests the overall picture is one of continued long-term growth. The number of jobs has also risen, with the UK film industry supporting 117,000 direct and indirect jobs, up from 100,000 in 2009. Nearly three-quarters of the workforce are graduates and earn a significantly higher-than-average salary. Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey commented: "This report clearly highlights the huge contribution that the UK film industry makes to long-term economic growth . The UK's successes at the BAFTA and Academy Awards celebrate the wonderful creative talents and accomplishments of UK film, but this report reminds us of the crucial role the industry plays in job creation, tourism, inward investment and the promotion of all that is great about Britain."

There is a great surge in film-making in the UK currently and all the big Studios are fully booked for the next three years at least. Bray Studios has long served as an overspill for Pinewood and Shepperton Studios, which are impractical for smaller independent productions. Note also, Pinewoo
Leigh Took, Mattes and Miniatures Visual Effects Ltd | Tue 17th Dec 2013 at 16:08

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