Solicitors at Torridge District Council say the decision on whether to press for a judicial review to oppose the building of a new school will still be made at a meeting tonight (Friday) despite the council already filing a claim with the High Court. There was anger this morning when supporters of the Route 39 Academy learned the council had already initiated legal proceedings. A statement issued by the school said the council had denied parents, staff and students the right to fair and democratic consultation. But the council said it had been forced to issue its challenge due to strict legal deadlines Senior solicitor Jamie Hollis said: The period of time allowed in legislation for the council to challenge the decision of the Secretary of State expired yesterday. This time period is very strict and cannot be extended. It was therefore necessary for the council to file a claim before the deadline to preserve its position. The decision as to how to proceed is still very much a decision for members tonight. If a claim had not been filed before the deadline, there would be no options for members to consider tonight. Similarly, should members not want to proceed, the claim can be discontinued without delay. Tonights extraordinary meeting at Bideford Town Hall, was called after dozens of people showed up at a council meeting last week to oppose the building of a new school for 700 pupils at Steart Farm, near Bucks Cross. Planning permission was originally refused by the council, a decision that was due to be upheld by the planning inspector but overruled by the Secretary of State at appeal. The council said it had organised tonights extraordinary meeting, which starts at 6.30pm, at the earliest opportunity. Mr Hollis said: Following a significant amount of public interest at the meeting of full Council on March 21, it was decided to convene an extraordinary meeting to discuss the councils position in relation to the Route 39 decision. All meetings must allow for five clear working days notice, so taking into account Easter, tonight is the earliest opportunity to meet.