Residents Against Firlands Square are a group of local Burghfield residents who have got together to oppose the plan to develop Firlands Farm. We will go through the details of the next planning application to find the weaknesses in it, and will make our own objection to West Berkshire Council to highlight these. Successful objections to planning applications can not be based on “I don’t want it”, they have to have a sound basis in planning policy.
In an email on 10th September to Rob Duff of Pegasus, the case officer at West Berkshire planning department, Emma Fuller, sets out a number of reasons why the Firlands application would have been likely to have been refused even if it was not declared as invalid.
These include the development being contrary to the Core Strategy, premature because a Burghfield centre policy is still being developed, and because the land in question is a greenfield site outside the settlement boundary. Other issues identified include adverse impact on the landscape character, road safety and local transport infrastructure..