A new primary and pre-school will be built on an ex-RAF base in High Wycombe after councillors approved plans this morning.

Bucks County Council’s (BCC) development control committee met today (July 23) to discuss Taylor Wimpey’s plans to build Abbey View Primary Academy at the former RAF Daws Hill site in Kennedy Avenue.

The two-storey school will provide 420 places, with an additional 52 places at the pre-school.

Plans also include a single-storey eco-classroom, a soft play area and sports facilities.

The application states the school is “necessary to support the growing population” after Taylor Wimpey’s plans for a major 441-home development at the site were approved in 2014.

Councillor for Abbey, Lesley Clarke, supported the application however suggested more parking provision should be included as there is not currently enough in the area.

Council officers have included a condition that a bridleway which connects the new school to High Wycombe is resurfaced as part of the development.

The application states the path must be “in a suitable condition to safely and conveniently accommodate pupils walking and cycling too school”.

The RAF site was put up for sale in 2011 and plans for hundreds of homes, with plans for an Air Training Corps building, industrial unit and play area later backed by WDC.

Councillors approved the plans.