Bullers Wood School for Boys granted temporary home following campaign
PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 September 2018
Bullers Wood School for Boys has been granted a vital temporary home in time for the new term as the battle for a permanent site rages on.
Pupils have been given the go ahead to move into the new school in Westmoreland Road following a relentless campaign by councillors, parents and the towns MP earlier this year.
Original proposals for Bullers Wood School for Boys, intended for St Hughes’ playing field, were approved in 2017, before a u-turn in January.
The backtrack was over concerns about traffic, and the decision has since been appealed with the government’s planning inspectorate.
In the meantime, the council has now given permission for pupils to be able to attend the temporary school at the former office block whilst the appeal is ongoing.
A council spokesperson confirmed that planning permission for temporary use of the building as a school at Westmoreland Road has been granted for up to 180 pupils
Councillor Nicola Dykes, a supporter of Bullers Wood and town councillor for Bromley, welcomed the news.
Cllr Dykes said: “We are are delighted that Bullers Wood school for boys has a home for 2018/ 2019.
“Whilst this is not the perfect site for the school, it was crucial that it was able to open this year. We are confident this school will join the many outstanding schools in Bromley.
“The planning permission is only valid until August 2019 by which time we hope they will have a permanent site secured on their preferred site of St Hugh’s playing fields.”
Earlier this year, hundreds of concerned parents and pupils marched in the streets of Bromley in support of a temporary site in time for the new school year.
Bob Neill, MP for Bromley and Chislehurst, wrote to the planning inspectorate to pledge his support for the school.
He said: “I am delighted by today’s news that Bullers Wood School for Boys has been granted permission to temporarily use the site at 1 Westmoreland Road.
“This is a really positive step forward for the pupils, parents, and families who have campaigned assiduously for the new school, and is the result of months of hard work from everyone involved.
“This is a modest solution that enjoys significant support across our community. I am confident it will provide the school and its pupils with a comfortable home whilst permanent accommodation is sought.”