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City raises £20m as it rejects claims over Pinewood studios

Glasgow has hit back at Scottish Government claims that a multimillion-pound Pinewood film studio could not be built there for technical reasons.

The city has also revealed that nearly £20 million was brought into the city by film, commercial and TV shoots last year.

Last month the Scottish Government said that plans to build a Pinewood studio complex in Govan had been scuppered by "technical" problems over the site. The complex is now to open in Wales.

However, Glasgow officials have now revealed how the city had been boosted economically by local film shoots.

Bailie Liz Cameron, the city council's spokeswoman for jobs and the economy, said Glasgow had never been approached about such issues, which they believe included perceived problems about planning permission and road access.

She said the city was instead "very keen to support" the construction of a major film studio.

Ms Cameron said: "References were made about technical issues that could not be overcome in Glasgow, meaning a studio could not be located here.

"We understand these technical issues refer to matters such as planning consent and road issues.

"We find this difficult to understand for a number of reasons: as the local authority, the council is responsible for planning and roads, and we were never approached on an issue it was generally known we were very keen to support."

She added: "Glasgow's film and broadcast industry, as the latest figures show, continues to achieve a very high level of success ... imagine the next level of success we could move on to if a studio was based in the city."

The famous Pinewood studios had wanted to build a studio complex in Scotland. But the decision to do so in Wales has been condemned by Scottish film-makers as "devastating" and "embarrassing".

The Government admitted Pinewood looked at a specific site in Glasgow at the end of last May with support from Scottish Enterprise, but "for technical reasons the site was not suitable for its needs".

Yesterday, Glasgow said £19.74m was brought to the city's economy by film, broadcast and other screen production last year, down from £23m in 2012. Projects included What We Did On Our Holiday, starring David Tennant, Billy Connolly and Rosamund Pike, as well as TV show MI High, a BBC children's spy-fi adventure series.

Last year Glasgow Film Office received 343 location enquiries, which resulted in 231 productions being shot in the city.

Of these, 38% of productions were TV projects, 7% features, 12% commercials, 5% short films and 38% miscellaneous projects, ranging from "corporates" films and videos to stills shoots.

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