A temporary premises enabling Bullers Wood School for Boys to open in September could be announced shortly, according to a councillor.

This comes after 800 people protested after Kier Constructions's planning application for the new school on St Hughes Playing Field was rejected by Bromley Council last month.

In October an application to build the secondary school was approved after warnings of a future shortage of boys' places.

Councillor Peter Fortune told News Shopper that even if a temporary solution cannot be found, the 180 boys who were to be accepted into Bullers will be offered places elsewhere.

He said: "Whilst my personal preference would be for the school to open in September, even at a temporary location, if that is unachievable all those applicants who applied on time for a secondary school place through the coordinated admissions process will be offered a school place on national offer day on March 1.

"I say again, all boys will have a place and any suggestion that we have a shortage of places this year are simply not factual. However, I shall continue to negotiate with all parties to try and find a home for Bullers in September 2018.”

Conservative councillor Nicky Dykes - a supporter of the school - told News Shopper that she is "very optimistic" that a temporary solution will be found.

She said: "There will be an announcement very shortly hopefully. Fingers crossed. There is a lot going on behind the scenes and there is one site we are very optimistic on.

"A temporary solution is not ideal but it is the best outcome for what we have available. We are very close to getting something sorted."

Ms Dykes added that she thinks the marches have "mobilised the community and made people realise the impact local politics has on them".

Labour councillor Angela Wilkins also praised the "phenomenal campaign" that is supporting Bullers Wood School for Boys.

She told News Shopper: "It is growing in strength because families are recognising a need for a school and feel very let down by the council. They have done an incredible job.

"There are a number of people, not least Councillor Fortune, who are working very hard to find a solution. We hope a temporary premises can be sorted out.

"However, it is deeply regrettable that a few individuals have acted against the best interest of the borough. If we don't get this school - all of our other schools will be under pressure."