Hare Hatch garden centre row continues

Hare Hatch garden centre owner Rob Scott, who has been in a long-running planning dispute with his local council, has run into another row with councillors.

Scott is facing enforcement action for 17 planning breaches including using land to display and sell conservatories and to extend the café

Conservative councillors Bob Pitts and John Halsall from Wokingham Borough Council have distributed a leaflet which says the council cannot approve applications for new businesses or expansion in green belt land and the garden centre has "developed beyond any existing planning consent".

Scott, who applied for a £2 million renovation project in 2012, has appealed and agreed to demolish some of the unlawful buildings but the council insisted that an enforcement hearing should take place. It has been scheduled for October 8.

Scott said: "Our future is at stake yet neither of these two local councillors has accepted an invitation to visit us in order to get a more accurate understanding of the situation and help us find a mutually acceptable agreement.

The councillors said Scott needs to talk to planning officers.


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