Tea is served after decision u-turn

Lin Scott (centre) was initially refused planning permission for her tea shop in Brandon High Street,  but after an appeal it has been granted.  Left is Patricia Parish and right is Tereza Vlckova (correct!).
Lin Scott (centre) was initially refused planning permission for her tea shop in Brandon High Street, but after an appeal it has been granted. Left is Patricia Parish and right is Tereza Vlckova (correct!).

A BUSINESS owner is celebrating after she successfully overturned a decision that would have killed her livelihood.

Linda Scott, owner of Tilly’s Tea Shop and Dress Agency, in High Street, Brandon, was told by Forest Heath District Council last August that she could not have planning permission for the store.

But after visiting the shop in June, a Government inspector quashed the decision and granted Ms Scott permission.

She said: “My shop is not like anything else in Brandon and I think things are turned down when they haven’t even seen what you do, they are just looking at a piece of paper.”

Members turned down the initial application as it was seen as an unnecessary extra food outlet.

But the store’s other service - as a dress agency - meant the inspector felt it had a retail use.