Planning Consent for Rebellion Film Studios’ Didcot Expansion
Date of Article
Aug 19 2021
Planning & development

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Nicky Brock
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Nicky is a well respected Planning Consultant with over 23 years experience. Nicky has advised and acted on behalf of hundreds of clients across the country securing planning permission for a wide range of developments including large scale housing schemes, employment and R&D developments. In her spare time Nicky enjoys running and is a keen advocate of Parkrun, and is a Run Director at her local event in Abingdon. Nicky also likes relaxing at home and travelling with her Partner and children.

Carter Jonas has secured planning consent on behalf of Rebellion Film Studios to expand its film-making capacity into a new 4673m² facility.

Rebellion is one of Europe’s largest independent cross media studios, producing content across video games, film, and TV production as well comic book and fiction publishing. Its Didcot film studio will now expand into the former Harmsworth Printing Building in Didcot, Oxfordshire.

The planning consent allows for the demolition of two existing print buildings and erection of two new buildings, which will add 4673m² of purpose-built space. Rebellion Film Studios is one of the first studios to incorporate games, TV, and film production to offer innovative opportunities for storytelling across genres and mediums. This considerable expansion of its facilities will enable Rebellion to extend its capabilities further.

Brian Mitchell, Head of Rebellion Film Studios commented, ‘After several years working on a range of film productions at all the major Studios across the UK and Europe, we’ve been able to draw on that knowledge and incorporate it into the design and development of the Didcot site.

‘It’s been a pleasure working with both Carter Jonas and the team from SIAD, it’s certainly made my job a lot easier.’

Nicky Brock, Partner at Carter Jonas in Oxford commented,After initially acting as land agent for Rebellion Film Studios’ purchase of the Didcot site several years ago, Carter Jonas is very pleased to have achieved planning consent for this important extension. Through working closely with the Vale of White Horse District Council in the pre-app and planning application stages, we have been able to avoid pre-commencement conditions, meaning that work can start on site without the delay which usually follows the granting of planning permission.’

Simon Dawson, Managing Director at SIAD Ltd commented ‘SIAD is proud to be responsible for the first step of another successful design & build project. Working closely with Rebellion Film Studios & Carter Jonas, SIAD developed a design brief to maximise the sites potential utilising 3D laser scanning, BIM modelling & 3D visualisations. ’


In achieving planning success, Carter Jonas worked alongside project designers and project managers SIAD Limited.