The development of a film industry in southern Swindon could be coming closer.

The Science Museum and Wroughton Studios have jointly put in a proposal to build an office block, hard standing for generators and parking and a craft workshop to support film-making in a hangar at Wroughton airfield.

Permission was granted in March 2021 for the change of use of Hangar C3 on the north eastern edge of the airfield to be used  as a film soundstage.

The joint application says: “The proposed workshop and office building will provide further set building space and office and welfare facilities for crew and actors.

 “These form an essential part of the film stage operation and cannot be accommodated within the hangar itself.

“There will be approximately up to 200 people employed per shoot (usually approximately 45 at any one time) and the proposed use will have a positive impact on the local supply chain with recognised industry data indicating that this will be in the order of an estimated £60-£70,000 being invested into the local and regional areas, per production day.”

When applying for permission to use the main hangar as a sound stage the studios told planners they hoped to make 10 feature-length pictures within a 12 year period.