Hare Hatch Sheeplands denies Council reprieve

Hare Hatch Sheeplands owner Rob Scott has disagreed with a Wokingham Borough Council statement regarding their ongoing battle over the garden centre?s legal?activities.

Hare Hatch Sheeplands has been fighting to continue as a retail business, but the Council has concerns as it is located within green belt. Wokingham Borough Council issued the independent garden centre with an enforcement notice to stop unlawful activities within six months. In the most general terms, Hare Hatch Sheeplands have been told to stop the sale of anything that isn’t grown on site, and the Council also has a problem with the changes of use of their buildings from being a horticultural nursery to being storage, play area, coffee shop lounge, coffee shop garden and events.

Last week, the Council released a statement saying, ?It continues to work with the owners of the garden centre at Hare Hatch Sheeplands to try and find a solution which will allow the business to continue on site at London Road in Twyford.?

However, the statement continued, ?It is vitally important the council upholds its planning policy to ensure the greenbelt is protected in the future. Therefore, any solution must be fully justified.?

Rob Scott has denied local press suggestions that this represents a reprieve for the garden centre. He commented, ?Their dealings with us do not appear to reflect a genuine desire to reach such an agreement. At times it seems as if they are forcing us into a position where we will have no choice but to close down.

?If the council truly believe that there is a pragmatic solution available I would ask them to stop putting up fresh barriers to the agreement which is now within their grasp ? an agreement which we believe satisfies both parties.?

 

 

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