Monday, 18 December 2017

New date for appeal

A DATE has been set for an appeal by Hare Hatch Sheeplands garden centre against a planning enforcement notice.

A DATE has been set for an appeal by Hare Hatch Sheeplands garden centre against a planning enforcement notice.

The Planning Inspectorate says the hearing will begin on Tuesday, May 13 at a venue to be decided and will last for up to five days.

The business was served with an enforcement notice by Wokingham Borough Council for alleged planning breaches, including using land to display and sell conservatories and using greenhouses to extend the café and children’s play area.

An appeal hearing was scheduled for May but a key witness was unwell so it was put back to October 8 but this was also postponed after the council withdrew the original notice and issued a new one due to what it called “further unauthorised development”.

Sheeplands owner Rob Scott said: “It will be almost exactly a year since we all arrived at the original appeal hearing. That’s a year of uncertainty for the business and for our employees. If the council is successful, the business will no longer be financially viable and forced to close down.”

The council says it discovered the planning breaches after Mr Scott applied for a £2 million renovation project. It says the site is located in the green belt and must be protected from unauthorised development.

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