Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Play area and pet store may re-open

PLANS for a new play area and pet food retail unit at a garden centre involved

PLANS for a new play area and pet food retail unit at a garden centre involved in a planning dispute have been backed by parish councillors.

Wargrave Parish Council said it had no objection to Rob Scott’s plans for Hare Hatch Sheeplands, saying the business was an asset to the  community.

Mr Scott was issued with an enforcement notice by Wokingham Borough Council in 2012 for using green belt land without permission and extending the café and play area. This led to the closure of the indoor play area and a petting farm next to it.

Now Mr Scott wants to  re-open them and move the existing pet food unit to a different part of the site.

Philip Meadowcroft, of Watermans Way, Wargrave, told a meeting of the parish council: “There is a history of unauthorised development at the site and of flaccid or inadequate enforcement which the borough council wants to put behind them.



“The council has repeatedly challenged Hare Hatch Sheeplands to submit a well-thought through application to deal with the issues while ensuring that a viable and widely-supported business can continue.

“Surely an intelligent and pragmatic way forward to resolve these issues would be to encourage the council to reach a sensible outcome based on this application.’

Councillor Andrew Luckwell said: “This seems a sensible solution.’



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