A SECOND World War airfield where Winston Churchill once caught a flight is being transformed into a housing estate.

The 21-acre site at Stanton Harcourt between Oxford and Witney is being turned into a development of 66 houses and bungalows.

However in a tribute to its rich history, Hayfield Homes is incorporating restored airfield buildings and even the airfield’s original runway into the new estate.

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Sales and marketing director Kelly Sharman said: "This is such a special development and we are thrilled that house hunters appreciate the sensitive work we are doing to restore so many airfield buildings and monuments, in order to immortalise this former RAF site."

The airfield was the departure point for Winston Churchill for the Casablanca conference in Morocco.

The January 1943 conference saw the Allies agree to a joint bomber offensive on Germany.

It was also agreed that the Allies should seek unconditional surrender from Germany, Italy and Japan.

The airfield was also a starting point for a bomber raid on the German battleship Scharnhorst.

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Scharnhorst was a huge ship, measuring 771ft in length, making the raid a significant one.

Restored historic structures at the airfield include the original water tower, three blast shelters and an underground air raid shelter, with new information boards erected to explain their heritage.

Hayfield Homes is now in the process of refurbishing the bomber teacher building and crew lockers, with the former guard house already restored.

The guard house will be handed over to Stanton Harcourt Parish Council for use as a community centre when the housing development is finished.

As well as the Second World War airfield tie, the new Hayfield Green estate off Main Road will be surrounded by the rest of the history of the village.

Ms Sharman said: “Just beyond our site boundary, Stanton Harcourt Cricket Club and the award-winning Harcourt Arms pub and newly opened delicatessen are focal points for village life.

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“The picturesque village also benefits from a plethora of outstanding Grade I and Grade II Listed buildings and an Ofsted outstanding-rated primary school.”

The homes currently on release include two, three and four-bedroom houses and bungalows priced from £330,000 to £595,000.

A bungalow show home will be unveiled at the development on Saturday, March 28, and Hayfield Homes is offering bungalow purchasers £2,000 towards their moving costs.

For all homes on sale at Hayfield Green, agents’ fees are able to be paid on a potential buyer’s current home when reserving.

House-hunters can also use Help to Buy, which enables them to buy with a five per cent deposit and benefit from a Government equity loan for 20 per cent of purchase price.

The development’s two-bedroom bungalows come with two bathrooms, underfloor heating with an air source heat pump to reduce running costs, electric garage door and private gardens.

A four-bedroom show home is available to view seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm.