Beaconsfield's National Film and Television School is set to get £2.99 million from the government for a major site expansion.

The cash boost will help the film school, based in Station Road, realise its "long-term growth ambitions" at the site.

The huge cash sum is part of a wider £7.7 million that has been allocated to Buckinghamshire for different projects as part of the government's Get Building Fund.

Rolling out broadband in some of the most rural areas of the county is being funded with £710,000, while £2 million will go towards delivering phase one of the Disruptive Innovative Space Centre in Westcott - described as a "fundamental part of building the critical core of the future UK space industry".

The University of Buckingham's Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Innovation and Incubation hub is also being accelerated with a further £2 million from the funding pot.

The National Film and Television School is one of the top film schools in the world - and President Lord David Putnam has welcomed the investment which will help them expand further.

He said: "This investment will be essential in helping the world leading National Film and TV School grow and support the next generation of iconic film-makers and creative talent.

“The NFTS is one of our genuinely world-class creative sector organisations, and the proposed expansion will ensure it continues to provide an unrivalled film education to students from all around the world, and enhance the UK's reputation for filmmaking from our Buckinghamshire headquarters."

All of the projects will be delivered by the Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) - and chairman Andrew M. Smith said he was "delighted" at the funding to help make them happen.

He said: “I am delighted by the speed at which our call for ‘shovel-ready’ projects in Buckinghamshire brought forward a number of high-calibre schemes with the capacity to kick-start growth in the county. This is testament to Buckinghamshire’s resilience and agility.”