Thursday, 17 August 2017

We’re being strangled, claims garden centre

THE owner of a garden centre accused of planning breaches says the dispute could cost him up to £100,000.

Rob Scott, of Hare Hatch Sheeplands, has been served with an enforcement notice by Wokingham Borough Council for allegedly using land to display and sell conservatories and greenhouses and extending the café and children’s play area.

He has appealed and a hearing is scheduled to take place on May 13 having been postponed from October.

Mr Scott said the centre had a successful Christmas but this was overshadowed by the prospect of having to close the business with the loss of up to 100 jobs.

He said: “Under normal circumstances we would be very happy at the success of the business but that has to be put into the context of the difficulties created by our planning dispute with the council.

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