A site in CO Westmeath has been chosen as the site for a major television and film studio.
Lanning permits will soon be sought for the 25-acre site in Lough Sheever Company Park in Mullingar as the site for a large television and film studio.
It is understood that the proposal is being made by a number of executives with more than 30 years of experience in the film industry and having worked at Universal Pictures, Disney and Troy Studios.
The project has the potential to create 300 construction jobs. Once completed, the studio could employ up to 350 crew members.
The Lough Sheever location is believed to have been chosen due to the mix of accommodation, dining and business services in the local area and its proximity to Dublin, which serves as a major international tourism hub.
Minister for Planning and Local Government Peter Burke said it was a “particularly exciting” proposal.
“They are engaging with the local government regarding the planning consultation, it is clear that this project of this scale is a huge scale on a 25 acre site,” he said.
“It’s a huge establishment and will be an international leader, it will really put Ireland on the map which I feel in terms of the scale being proposed. The location is very strong in terms of cross-border international travel. Atlantic Ocean from Europe, it’s a particularly good spot they’ve marked.”
If planning permission is approved, phase one of studio development is expected to be fully operational within 12 months.
The plans include the construction of 11 sound stages. The planning application will be submitted to Westmeath County Council next month.
The team behind the project says the growing demand for new film and TV content means a global shortage of studio space.
Recent figures released by Screen Ireland show a record €500 million in spending in the Irish economy across the film, television, documentary and animation sectors in 2021.
This represents a 40pc increase from the previous record set in 2019.
The sector currently supports 12,000 jobs in Ireland, with significant additional expansion opportunities across all sectors of the industry expected over the next year.
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