Garden centre planning row erupts again

Wokingham Borough Council has ordered Hare Hatch Sheeplands garden centre in Berkshire to comply with an enforcement notice to close facilities while 8,500 sign a petition of support.

An enforcement notice has ordered the centre to close down facilities -including a new play area, craft market and petting farm - on the site in a dispute over green belt expansion that has been ongoing since 2012.

The centre has collected an 8,500-name signature petition of support for it to continue to run the new facilities.

Owner Rob Scott has also applied to build an indoor play area and to convert a building into a pet shop.

The council has refused applications including for a certificate of lawful use for various activities but Scott hopes an appeal means the decision will be overturned at a judicial review.

Breaches also include erection of new sheds, summerhouses, a marquee, signs and installation of hot tubs.

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