Britain's famous Pinewood Studios is set to double in size after planning permission was finally approved this week (beg15Dec14).

Bosses of the film production site, which has been home to more than 1,500 movies over 76 years, including the James Bond franchise, have been seeking to expand the studios since 2012 but planning applications were continually rejected.

Following an appeal, authorities at the South Buckinghamshire District Council approved the first phase of the $320 million (£200 million) expansion plan and construction will begin in January (15).

Five new sound stages, 10 workshops, production offices and landscaping are scheduled to be finished by 2016.

Once the entire expansion project, known as the Pinewood Studios Development Framework (Psdf), is completed, the site will have increased by 100,000 square metres (25 acres), twice its current size.

The latest James Bond movie Spectre is currently filming at the site, and production on Star Wars Episode Vii: The Force Awakens wrapped at the start of November (14).