Councillors vote unanimously to back Mullingar film studio

Published date20 September 2022
Publication titleIrish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
When completed, the Hammerlake Studios campus will boast 460,000sq ft of studio space, located on a 25-acre site at Lough Sheever Corporate park in Mullingar

Planning for the international studio was granted initial approval by Westmeath County Council's planning department last July on the condition of a zoning change. The application site was not zoned and was, therefore, subject to a material contravention of the Westmeath County development plan for 2021-2027.

Its approval was recommended by the chief executive of Westmeath County Council (WCC), Pat Gallagher, who said it would attract further local investment.

Construction will be split into two phases, with the first phase expected to begin in the next number of months. Construction is estimated to take 12 months, with film production operations to begin from the first quarter of 2024.

In phase one, 350 production jobs and 300 construction jobs will...

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