BIDFORD councillors have given a conditional go-ahead for a housing development on the site of the village's old school.

The old schoolmaster's house will stay and be converted but the 100-year-old school building in Victoria Road will be demolished.

Parish councillors are insisting that the development stays within the existing boundary of the former school site and want the new buildings to be no higher than those being demolished.

"There have been concerns in the village about the demolition but this site already has planning approval so the parish council can do nothing about it," said Elisabeth Uggerlosse, the parish clerk.

"But councillors are keen to ensure that the new buildings are in keeping with what is being replaced and not visually intrusive."

The single-storey building was last used as a school two years ago.

Westbury Homes, the developer, will have to ensure that two of the five homes provide affordable housing for local people.

The comments from the parish council will go to Stratford District Council, the planning authority.