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Last Updated: Friday, 27 August, 2004, 17:32 GMT 18:32 UK
Valleywood work to start
Richard Attenborough
Lord Attenborough is chairman of the studios project
Work on the first phase of a 330m world-class film studio in south Wales will begin within weeks.

The so-called "Valleywood" project will include five silent stages, on outdoor street set and film production facilities

Dragon Studios, chaired by actor and director Lord Richard Attenborough, says the development will create more than 1,700 jobs.

The developers hope building of the first stage at Llanilid, near Llantrisant, will start in September and be completed early in 2005.

The company plans to apply for permission for the next stage in the building, a studio village and sound stages, in the next few weeks.

Chief executive Stuart Villard said: "We welcome the positive decision of the council and we look forward to being on site in September and opening the first phase in early 2005."

The company plans to apply for permission for the next stage in the building, a studio village and sound stages, in the next few weeks.

Dragon International said its new studios would be well-placed to bring hundreds of jobs to Wales.

Plans include a 160-acre studio complex, sound stages, creative departments, and music recording studio.

Developers have promised to create 1,710 jobs directly and forecast thousands more.

They also pledged to re-train former miners and steelworkers for hands-on work in the film industry - a boost for Rhondda Cynon Taf, where the council worked hard to lure the prize project.




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