What can we do?
In theory, local communities are meant to have say in what happens in their areas, this is called “localism” and is considered as important by the Government. West Berkshire used. West Berkshire did mention that the number of letters of objection that they received about the original planning application showed that the proposed development did not have the necessary support of the local population.
A further requirement is that developments be “sustainable” a term which seems to have many meanings, and is therefore not that easy to apply as an argument against developments. The government’s own planning portal suggests “empowering local people to shape their surroundings” is part of sustainable development planning, so we need to use this to demonstrate that we prefer our surroundings as they are.
RAFS is organising a petition to support the West Berkshire decision to reject the Firlands planning application. We will be at various places round the village over the next couple of weekends, as the closing date for submissions is New Year’s Eve. If you can help get your friends around the village to sign this, we would be very grateful, and if you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we will send you a sheet to use to collect signatures.
We are also recruiting our own planning professionals to help contest the Henry Davidson/Pegasus appeal.