Lights, camera, action – plans for new Media Campus lodged with Wicklow Council
A planning application has been lodged for the development of a new Media Campus on the site of the former IDA lands at Greystones.
The planned development will include film studios, sound stages and production facilities on the 18.5 hectare site. An Environmental Impact Assessment Report has been submitted as part of the planning application.
Welcoming the development, the Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Pat Kennedy, said: “This will copperfasten Wicklow’s reputation as the home of film and TV production in Ireland.
“We have so many talented film professionals living in Wicklow while we have a superb range of locations and pride ourselves on being Ireland’s most film friendly County.”
Linda Healy, head of the County Wicklow Film Commission, said the group is “committed to supporting local, national and international filmmakers”.
She added: “The benefits of this support are evident when County Wicklow is showcased around the world and the local economy thrives during the film making process. Not only will this development bring jobs to the screen industry, it will provide fantastic opportunities for the development of the as yet, largely untapped screen tourism sector.”
Cllr Gerry Walsh, Chairman of the Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) for Economic Development and Enterprise Support, also welcomed the announcement.
Cllr Walsh said: “This is a positive development for the Council” As Chair of the SPC, I and elected members and officials , had been engaging with the IDA to secure an investor for this site, one that would add value, generate employment and stimulate the local economy.”
He added Wicklow’s Studios at Ardmore and Ashford are world renowned, saying: “We have an excellent track record in media production. Wicklow County Council has been very proactive over the years, when it comes to developing and nurturing the sector.
“We are in the process of developing a Content Creation hub at Wicklow County Campus. This will consist of a range of private and co-working spaces for the creative media sector. The Hub will help to support and grow start-ups and mores established businesses in the sector and will act as a landing space for foreign direct investment.”