End in sight for Hare Hatch garden centre planning row

Rob Scott, owner of Hare Hatch Sheeplands in Berkshire, has withdrawn his appeal against an enforcement notice by Wokingham Borough Council.

The council alleged that his garden centre was using land to display and sell conservatories and greenhouses and extending the café and children’s play area.

An appeal hearing scheduled for May 13, having been postponed from October, has been cancelled.

Scott said:"We are very pleased to announce that we have spent a lot of time and effort discussing matters with Wokingham Borough planning officials and our Ward Councillors for the last few weeks in the hope that we can resolve our planning dispute and get on with planning the next phase for the future of Hare Hatch Sheeplands.

"As part of this ongoing process we have withdrawn our appeal against the enforcement notice issued by the borough council. I have identified a way in which we can resolve the problem without compromising the borough council’s green belt policy."

He added: "There is every reason now to believe that a solution is within sight which will be acceptable to all parties."

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