A crucial meeting will be held this week which could decide the fate of the proposed Bullers Wood School for Boys in Chislehurst.

The first proposal to build the secondary school in St Nicolas Lane was rejected by Bromley Council in January 2017.

A second application was then granted permission in October.

But earlier this month it was reported the proposal was in jeopardy after an independent planning inspector reported "highway safety concerns" regarding the first application sent by Kier Construction.

Bromley Council is therefore reconsidering allowing the second application and its development control committee will be reviewing its decision at a meeting on Thursday (January 25).

Headteacher designate Anne Gouldthopre, executive headteacher Ben Greene and chairman of Bullers Wood Multi-Academy Trust, Len Webb, have sent a letter to parents and supporters encouraging them to attend.

The letter reads: “In preparation for the meeting, the boys' school is doing all that it can to reassure members that they made the right decision last October by granting planning consent.

"However, we cannot emphasise enough how critical your role is. Your attendance at the meeting this Thursday at 7pm will be crucial to their decision as your presence will be the most influential.”

Campaigners have been pushing for the school to go ahead, say there are not enough secondary schools in the borough.

It was hoped Bullers Wood School for Boys would open in September in a facility that could accommodate up to 900 pupils.

Ahead of Thursday’s meeting, a Bromley Council spokesman said: “We are deeply aware of the ongoing public interest in the future of the St Hugh’s playing fields by parents and residents alike.

"We need to consider the potential legal implications arising from the independent planning inspector’s decision to make sure the long-term decisions are correct for all concerned.

"We are in regular contact with the school and their representatives and will share any further information as soon as we can."