2013 - Jan - Enforcement Appeal

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Dear Friend,                                      17 jan 2012



RE: Enforcement Notice Appeal no. APP/X0360/C/12/2186991


As you are aware we have been in correspondence with Wokingham Borough Council about planning matters for some time.  Our latest statement to you said that our planning application for proposed redesign & redevelopment of Hare Hatch Sheeplands was refused and we were awaiting an appeal hearing date.

However, we were subsequently served with an enforcement notice by WBC taking issue with a number of our activities alleging breaches of planning control.  This has delayed our planning application appeal which will now be set for summer 2013.

Our appeal against the enforcement notice will be heard at the same time.  Everyone now has the opportunity to send their comments on the enforcement notice.  The opportunity to comment on the original planning application has expired.  

The enforcement notice runs to 15 separate items – attached.  We will be defending each and every one of them vigorously. 

We would ask any of you who feel able to write in our support to do so to the planning inspectorate address below by Friday 1st February 2013 simply stating what your feelings are about our business and it’s effect on the green belt.    

I would be pleased to speak or correspond with you about this situation. Please contact me if you would like to do so.

Yours sincerely

Rob Scott



Letters to Ms F Littler, The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/26, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol. BS1 6PN.  Please quote reference APP/X0360/C/12/2186991

Additional Note:

I can quite understand that on reading the enforcement notice some of you may gain the impression that we have acted with no regard for the planning rules.

I would like to re-assure you that this is not the case. We have spent over nine years - and a frightening amount of money – working together with Wokingham Borough Council as we try to achieve a way forward for our site.

This has been the case since 2003 when Wyevale ended the tenancy of Pet Stop and we gave them a home in a temporary building.  

Our latest planning application was begun over four years ago. At that time Wokingham Council – at great expense to ourselves - asked us to produce a master plan for the site.

This plan, and the associated surveys we carried out, gave the council every piece of information they required about our intentions for the site and our hopes for the future.

I would like to stress that the plan was prepared with the advice and guidance of Wokingham Council and revised twice during the discussions only to then be thrown out by them.

We appealed against that decision but only a month before the appeal was to be heard in October last year the council decided to issue an enforcement notice, thus delaying our appeal by at least six months.

We are just trying to compete on a level playing field with the other businesses in the area in what are very difficult trading times.   Throughout this entire process we have worked with the council and in many cases taken action based on their advice.

I would be pleased to have a chat with you about this if you wish or please feel free to email me.