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Film studio plan approved

Councillors have given the go-ahead to plans to create a £300 million film studio in East Durham.

The District of Easington Council has resolved to approve an application to create the Centre for Creative Excellence and film studio on land at Dawdon, south of Seaham.

Coolmore Estates, a consortium of investors and developers, are behind the bid which could bring up to 2,400 new jobs to the area.

Council leader Alan Napier said: "This is an exciting venture not only for the district but the region as a whole.”

The complex is to be based on a 72-hectare site, east of the A19 and near the A182 link road.

As well as a film studio, the proposal includes a 150 bed four-star hotel, a smaller business hotel, parklands, and a campus for 1,500 to 2,000 students which would be linked to the University of Sunderland and East Durham and Houghall Community College.