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Council threatens action against pharmacy
10:10am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
SWINDON council has sent a letter to a pharmacy in Gorse Hill which opened without planning permission, demanding it close ahead of further action being taken if the owners ignore the appeal.
The Eightlands pharmacy opened at the front of the Hawthorn Medical Centre two weeks ago, despite losing a lengthy battle with Swindon Council for planning permission.
Tasawer Hussain, director of the new outlet, took the council’s decision to appeal, but planning inspector David Morgan also rejected his application.
A council planning enforcement officer, Louise Moore, wrote to the pharmacy yesterday informing Mr Hussain that he should stop trading.
The letter read: “Following a discussion with our legal department we are of the opinion that the pharmacy recently opened at the above premises is a breach of planning control contrary to a refusal of planning consent by the Local Planning Authority and a planning appeal decision by a Secretary of State-appointed inspector.
“You are therefore requested to cease the breach forthwith.
“Should the unauthorised use continue the council will not hesitate in taking formal enforcement action, which may include the service of an enforcement notice, a stop notice or an injunction.
“The council will also seek to recover the cost of any such action against you.”
Campaigners demonstrated outside the pharmacy on Saturday against the business continuing to trade in the area.
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