2013 - 18 Oct - URGENT ACTION REQUIRED
Date 18th October 2013
As promised, I am keeping you up to date with the current state of our planning dispute. Once again it is time for action if we are to save the business, maintain our service to you and make sure our employees do not lose their jobs!
Our appeal against the new enforcement notice issued by Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) on 20/08/2013 ref. APP/X0360/C/13/2206131 has been received by the planning inspectorate. As yet, no date has been set for the appeal, but it is not likely to be before March 2014.
In the past we have asked you to make your feelings known to both WBC and the inspectorate. You have responded magnificently and we would like to thank you for this. Now we are asking you to do it again, but please note that if you wish to comment, the inspectorate must receive your views by Tue 12 Nov 2013. After that they will not be taken into consideration.
The new Enforcement Notice is even more severe than the earlier notice because it includes the selling of "bought in" plants and gardening sundries as being unlawful, which, if upheld, would force HHS to close.
A consultant employed by WBC has produced a financial viability statement for this business. It demonstrates beyond all doubt that we would not survive if we were not able to sell the same range of garden products as any other garden centre.
We believe that we have been unfairly treated by WBC for the last ten years and that the loss of this business and all of its amenities would have consequences far beyond the personal loss to me, my family and the families of all my employees. If you feel strongly about this then please write or e-mail to the inspectorate at the address below by the 12th of November.
I appeal to you that even if you have written before, it is essential that you write again in view of this new enforcement notice. Letters sent before the postponed appeal are no longer valid and will not be considered. Nor will letters and comments sent after 12/11/13 even if the new appeal is taking place long after that date.
We have proved before that the inspectorate does listen to the views of local people and we need you to tell them what you feel about HHS and what it means to you.
If you would like more information, please see our website or come and talk to me or any of the team at HHS. Once again we are indebted to you for your support during this depressingly long and expensive crisis.
Please send your comments to:
Ms. F. Littler
The Planning Inspectorate
Bristol. BS1 6PN
Or e-mail Frances.Littler@pins.gsi.gov.uk
Please quote reference APP/X0360/C/13/2206131
Kind regards and thank you in anticipation,
Rob & all at Hare Hatch Sheeplands