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Hare Hatch Sheeplands statement following High Court hearing

Hare Hatch Sheeplands statement following High Court hearing

20 July 2017
Shute End

"The High Court granted Wokingham Borough Council an injunction in February 2017 which required Mr Scott and the other retailers to comply with the planning regulations at Hare Hatch Sheeplands by 1 May 2017. 

"Officers visited on 2 May 2017 and found that neither Mr Scott nor Mr Parry of Garden Trends had complied. A breach of a court order is contempt of court, and the council made an application for committal. 

"The first hearing took place on 30 June and Mr Scott and also Mr Parry of Garden Trends admitted they had not complied and were in contempt of court. The judge adjourned the case until 19 July to give Mr Scott and Mr Parry the opportunity to purge their contempt by complying with the order.


"Officers visited the site again on 17 July and 18 July, and found that other than the complete removal of demolition debris Mr Scott and Mr Parry had complied.


"Mr Scott and Mr Parry apologised unreservedly to the court for their contempt.


"The judge gave Mr Scott a two-month custodial sentence suspended for two years subject to his continued compliance with the planning regulations on the site.


"Mr Scott and Mr Parry were ordered to pay the council’s costs in full totalling £19,477.70."

Cllr Simon Weeks, executive member for planning and enforcement


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