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Court case pending!

West Berkshire Council have filed a case to have the decision of the planning inspector that allowed 90 houses on Firlands to receive planning permission. To win, they need to convince the Court that the inspector’s decision was flawed and so should not be allowed. RAFS understands that the case is due to be heard in February 2016. Our hope is that West Berkshire are successful.


 This picture was taken in the recent floods in Lancashire. As permission has been granted, the houses will be built. For the last couple of weeks part of the land at Firlands has been flooded, as have the adjacent Willink playing fields.


This isn’t just about 90 houses, the diagram below demonstrates the full extent of the developers’ plans.


Firlands Farm Site

The green area is roughly the area covered by the Firlands Square application that the inspector allowed. The area outllined in red is the whole development put forward by Pegasus to West Berkshire Council as being the Pegasus Development Framework.

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More information showing how housing is the main part of the developers long term plan can be found here - (this is a large file and can be slow to download)

As part of the supporting documentation on the West Berkshire planning portal, there is a letter from Thames Water noting that the 400 houses mentioned to them by Pegasus would be too much for the existing water supply.

Pegasus have proposed the entire Firlands site as being suitable for 350 houses, and suggested that this many houses are needed to support the “district centre” of Firlands Square. There is a submission to West Berkshire Council’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment which can be seen at

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