Hare Hatch Sheeplands to expand legally

by | Aug 14, 2017 | News | 0 comments

A garden centre near Wargrave is planning to add to its attractions after settling a long-running planning dispute.

Rob Scott, the owner of Hare Hatch Sheeplands, wants to expand his farm shop, re-introduce a fishmongers and create a ‘cactus world’ feature as he is a specialist grower.

He has submitted a planning application to Wokingham Borough Council, with whom he was involved in a five-year dispute that cost him thousands of pounds and a suspended prison sentence.

A spokesman for the garden centre said: ?By working closely with the council we hope to gain their approval for our plans and ensure that we safeguard the green belt.

?Our customers have been magnificent in their support during the difficult times and are now showing that support by continuing to visit us.

?We are excited by the future and can assure customers that our plans will, if approved, enable us to repay their loyalty by making Hare Hatch Sheeplands a must-visit location of choice for local residents.?

In 2012, the council accused Mr Scott of breaching the green belt and extending a caf? and play area unlawfully as he only had planning permission to operate as a plant nursery, caf? and farm shop and did not have the authority to host seven other businesses on the site, including a fishmonger, pet food store and antiques dealer.

When he ignored an enforcement notice, the council took him to court and earlier this year the High Court ruled in favour of the council and granted an injunction against the garden centre.

Seven unauthorised businesses had to leave Hare Hatch Sheeplands but not all the changes required by the council were made in time, including the demolition of buildings and the removal of utilities connections.

Mr Scott admitted contempt of court and was given a two-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay costs of ?19,477 with Gordon Parry, of Garden Trends, one of the unauthorised businesses.

Article source

more latest news ➡

Westland growing media products added to Westland Live

Westland adds growing media to Westland Live

Westland Horticulture, home to brands such as New Horizon, Boost, Resolva, Peckish, and Kent & Stowe, has announced it has added its growing media category to Westland Live, giving its customers a one-stop shop for its brands and products. Westland Live is an...

British Garden Centres

How big is Christmas for British Garden Centres?

The highly-anticipated Christmas season has arrived early this year for British Garden Centres, as it opened its doors to customers in September to an influx of pent-up shoppers. Following a temperamental and wet summer and a few years of subdued Christmases due to...

Bradford garden centre group wins award

Bradford garden centre group wins community award

The team at a Bradford-based garden centre group is celebrating after winning a regional business award. Yorkshire Garden Centres, owner of Tong, Tingley, Bingley and Otley Garden Centres, won the Community category of the Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business...

Feverfew launched new gardening apparel for women

Meet the supplier: Feverfew Garden Co

Taking the gardening glove market by storm, Feverfew Garden Co is the UK’s first garden wear brand exclusively designed for women, by women. Garden Centre Retail catches up with Rachel Eunson, the driving force behind the brand. As with many recent ventures,...

HSBC economist

Ex HSBC economist to speak at GCA conference 2024

Former HSBC Head of Economics will be helping delegates at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference understand the resurgence of inflation and the challenges that it continues to bring (January 28 until 31, 2024). Mark Berrisford-Smith, who worked...

Primeur Whiskey Barrel

Primeur launches new range of recycled planters

Looking to the 2024 season, garden retailers can step up their sustainability game and enhance their outdoor offer with a brand-new Primeur range of recycled planter designs and colourways. If you are keen to stay ahead of the curve and meet the increasing demand...

Read GCR's latest edition!

Subscribe ToThe Wednesday Word

Subscribe To
The Wednesday Word


Get all the latest news, events & more straight to your inbox every Wednesday.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This