PSL Land submits application for new studio on outskirts of Edinburgh


Edinburgh could be set for two new studios.

PSL Land, the team behind the thwarted Pentland Studios project, has now found a new site at Saltersgate, near Dalkeith in Midlothian, and has submitted a planning application for a studio and film academy.

It comes just a month after a building in the Port of Leith was identified as the potential home of a major studio. Screen Scotland is trying to find a private developer to take it on and open it before the end of the year.

The application by PSL Land will go to Midlothian Council’s planning committee on 22 January.

PSL had hoped to build a £250m studio on 100 acres of greenbelt land in the Pentland hills outside Edinburgh. It was halted when a court ruled that a tenant farmer could not be removed from the land.

The new studio would span 48 acres, with nine sound stages across 208,000 square feet. There would also be workshops across 122,000 square feet and media hub.

Scotland has lost out to other parts of the UK in the race to attract major film and TV productions because of a lack of studio space.