Belfast approves new studio plan

Plans have been approved for a new film studio facility next to Belfast Lough in Northern Ireland.

Port authority Belfast Harbour will build North Foreshore Film Studios on a 340-acre former landfill site. The facility will reportedly be worth up to £14m and will offer a 66,000 sq ft sound stage, as well as workshop facilities and production space. 

“Given the overall size of the site within North Foreshore and the industrial/commercial nature of the immediate surrounding context it is considered that the design, scale and layout of the proposed scheme are acceptable,” said planning notes reported by the Belfast Telegraph.

Northern Ireland is particularly popular as a filming location for UK TV shoots, having hosted productions like BBC crime drama The Fall and My Mother And Other Strangers. In recent months Belfast has also attracted feature film Lost City of Z, which is produced by Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B.

Belfast’s Titanic Quarter is Northern Ireland’s main studio facility and is home to HBO’s Game of Thrones.


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