The planning application for a large retail and housing development called Firlands Square on the boundary between Burghfield Common and Sulhamstead was submitted to West Berkshire District Council in March 2012.
An action group Residents Against Firlands Square (RAFS) was set up to oppose plans for a development by Henry Davidson Developments for a supermarket, shops, flats, a pub, nursery and 60 units of sheltered housing and parking for 300 cars.
West Berkshire Council planners rejected the application because it was invalid. However, in September the developers brought a Court action against West Berkshire Council seeking to have the Core Strategy (the document the Council planners use to judge whether a planning application is allowed) quashed. In the claim submitted to the Court, it is suggested that the figure of 10,500 houses may be too low, and that a figure of 18,000 houses should be considered.