Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm had this to say:
“We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I’m thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that. Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire of the Sun and recently War Horse, it’s very exciting to be heading back.”
It was also announced that representatives from Lucasfilm met with the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne to “establish an agreement to produce Star Wars in the U.K”.
“I am delighted that Star Wars is coming back to Britain. Today’s announcement that the next Star Wars film will be shot and produced in the UK is great news for fans and our creative industries”.
Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams is still (surprisingly) scheduled for a 2015 release.
Source: Star Wars