Northern Ireland

New film studio granted planning permission by Belfast City Council

An artistic impression of the planned film studio complex Image copyright RPP Architects and Belfast Harbour
Image caption The planned new film studio at Giant's Park on Belfast's North Foreshore has been granted permission

An application to build a new film studio complex on the shores of Belfast Lough has been approved by Belfast City Council's planning committee.

The project, estimated to be worth up to £14m, will see film production facilities and workshops built at Giant's Park on the North Foreshore.

The planning application was submitted by Belfast Harbour.

Permission for the scheme was granted during a meeting of the committee on Tuesday evening.

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Councillors were told the project would "create and support hundreds of jobs during construction and operation phases".

A late objection to the project was received by the committee from Titanic Quarter Ltd.

However, as this was not an objection to a planning matter, it did not impact the committee's decision.

A statement from the council said: "The objection lodged by Titanic Quarter was not based on planning issues, but procedural ones, which have been addressed."

Northern Ireland has become a popular filming location for international crews in recent years, with the US TV drama Game of Thrones among its best-known productions.

In 2014, analysis by the government-backed film and TV agency, Northern Ireland Screen, suggested that existing studios have been worth £120m to the local economy.

The North Foreshore of Belfast Lough is former landfill facility which has been transformed into the largest development site in the city.

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