Monday, 11 December 2017

Hare Hatch Sheeplands dispute to be resolved

A PLANNING row involving a garden centre is set to be resolved.

Rob Scott, owner of Hare Hatch Sheeplands, announced today (Tuesday) that he has withdrawn his appeal against an enforcement notice by Wokingham Borough Council.

The council alleged that the centre was using land to display and sell conservatories and greenhouses and extending the café and children’s play area.

An appeal hearing scheduled for May 13, having been postponed from October, has been cancelled.

Mr Scott has released a statement in which he says he has identified a way forward with which both parties can be satisfied.

He said:“We are very pleased to announce that we have spent a lot of time and effort discussing matters with Wokingham Borough planning officials and our Ward Councillors for the last few weeks in the hope that we can resolve our planning dispute and get on with planning the next phase for the future of Hare Hatch Sheeplands.

As part of this ongoing process we have withdrawn our appeal against the enforcement notice issued by the borough council. I have identified a way in which we can resolve the problem without compromising the borough council’s green belt policy.”

He added: “There is every reason now to believe that a solution is within sight which will be acceptable to all parties.” Mr Scott also thanked Councillor Bob Pitts, the ward member for Wargrave, Remenham and Ruscombe, for his support.

In January Mr Scott had said that the enforcement action could cost him up to £100,000, lead to the business having to be closed down and the loss of up to 100 jobs.

Borough councillor John Halsall welcomes the decision. “Negotiations have been very cordial,” he said. “Cllr Pitts and I have been working very hard to find a solution as neither party wanted Hare Hatch Sheeplands to close down and to lose the amenity.”

Pick up a copy of this week’s Henley Standard for the full report.

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