PLANS to improve an independent school in Taunton have been approved.

Kings College in Taunton unveiled plans last month to create “the best sixth form centre in the South West” with a new two-story building on the South Road campus.

The building is set to replace two single-storey premises currently used as a drama studio, which is to be demolished.

The plans were approved by Somerset West and Taunton Council (SWT), who stated that certain conditions must be met during the development.

These conditions included starting the development within three years as well as submitting a construction environmental management plan, a lighting design for bats plan and a scheme for the protection of trees.

Approval for materials used for external surfaces, as well as a few other conditions were stated in the decision.

The original application was withdrawn due to the need to carry out a bat survey.

A document accompanying the application say the development aims "to make King's College an even more attractive option for their 16+ pupils".

It adds that it hopes "to create the best sixth form centre in the South West region designed in collaboration with the pupils for the pupils".

The plan is to increase the number of students in the A level groups.

The ground floor of the proposed building would features an entrance lobby, cafe bar, informal learning spaces; office space and WCs and shower.

The first floor would contain more classrooms, a staff room, office space, library and storage.