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Bromley residents protest application for ten-storey SHaW Futures Academy

PUBLISHED: 11:30 07 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:03 07 December 2017

Artist's impression of the secondary school planned for Bromley South. Graphic: sub

Artist's impression of the secondary school planned for Bromley South. Graphic: sub

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A Bromley south residents group are protesting an application to create a 10-storey academy near a busy intersection which councillors will decide on next week.

An application for The Science, Health and Wellbeing (SHaW) Futures Academy, located at the junction of Westmorelands Road and Masons Hill, will be heard on Wednesday, November, 13.

Launched by Bromley Education Trust, the proposal is for a 1,260-place school building for 11 to 19-year-olds scheduled to open in September 2020.

The SHaW School Development Bromley Action Group formed in July of this year and oppose the school on grounds of the impact they anticipate it will have on congestion, air pollution and pupil safety, among other concerns.

Group coordinator Deborah Williams, 64, said: “To sit a school on one of the busiest junctions in the borough, we worry about the safety of the location.”

“There is also hardly any space for kids to run around, they will be cooped up in a ten storey building.”

They group also dismiss the schools’ travel plan, which includes a target of 6pc children cycling to schools as being ‘unrealistically high’ and argue it will require additional investment so that children can avoid the ‘dangerous thoroughfares’ of Westmorelands Road.

The group plan to attend Wednesday planning meeting and hope to have the opportunity to put their concerns across.

Sam Parrett, chief executive of London South East Academies Trust, which sponsors the trust behind the plans, said: “We recognise the strength of feeling around some of the issues local residents have identified but should stress we have worked hard to amend our plans accordingly following initial feedback and are confident that we have now developed the best solution possible for this site.

“The local authority and Education Funding Agency identified the location as a possible site for a new school and we have been working with them on the proposals for some years now.

“We are confident that the proposals, if granted permission, will deliver an exciting new vocational school for the Borough, backed by some outstanding employers, and will give more young people the qualifications and skills needed for a bright future.”

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