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A $1.6 billion plan to radically update Universal Studios Hollywood's production facilities and theme park has been recommended for approval by the Los Angeles Planning Commission.

Los Angeles' Daily News reports that the commission voted unanimously to support the plan, with final approval from the City Council now required. The breakthrough came after Universal Studios Hollywood's owner, NBCUniversal, agreed in July to drop plans to build a new residential community on part of the studio's backlot.

The proposal to install housing had proved controversial, with local residents having claimed that it would strain local facilities to breaking point. Instead, Universal will now install additional production facilities, as well as a number of new theme park attractions.

The revised proposals will see two new hotels installed on the property, reflecting Universal Studios Hollywood's expectations of increased demand when the park opens its own version of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Further details of the proposed updates to Universal Studios Hollywood can be found on the NBCUniversal Evolution plan website.

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