THE Education Funding Agency has offered £1.36 million to buy land at Mapledurham playing fields in Caversham to build a new free school.
The 1.2-acre plot in the north-west corner of the fields would become the permanent home of the Heights Primary School, which has been in temporary buildings in Gosbrook Road since September 2014.
The agency announced that the playing fields, off Woodcote Road, was its preferred site out of five possible locations in August following public consultation.
However, campaigners are fighting the move, claiming it is breach of a covenant put in place when the playing fields were gifted to the community for leisure purposes by Charles Hewett in 1938.
The offer has been made to Reading Borough Council, which is the trustee of the charity that owns the land.