01 Jul - 2011

The Hatchfield Farm appeal hearing begins on Tuesday, 12 July, 2011.

If you wish to comment on and oppose Lord Derby's plans to build 1,200 homes and an industrial park on this site, please send your comments to the inspector via this web link.

You need to search for case number 2142030.

You can also read about the controversial traffic report for Hatchfield Farm via this link to the Newmarket Journal.

Thank you for your support. Your opinions matter.

01 Jun - 2011

The town council told him 'No'. The district council told him 'No'. A High Court judge told him 'No'. But Lord Derby is now appealing to government planning inspectors to overturn the elected councillors' decision having engaged in an unsuccessful legal action against local residents and businesses who oppose his plans to build a major housing development in Newmarket.

In preparing to drop two of the original grounds for refusal of Lord Derby's planning application, council officers, led by FHDC's strategic director Nigel McCurdy, appear to be preparing to undermine councillors' and local residents' concerns that a major increase in traffic would be disastrous for the thousands of horses which cross Newmarket's roads every day.

A recent traffic report by a FHDC-appointed expert is not consistent with the same expert's draft report produced for the council only a few weeks earlier, in which it was indicated that the likely major increase in traffic is completely unsustainable and would be deeply damaging to the town's core industry. This, of course, is what local residents, businesses and horsemen have said all along.

Please join us at the meeting at Forest Heath's offices in Mildenhall at 6pm on Wednesday, 22nd June.

26 Mar - 2011

Local residents and businesses, including Tattersalls, Godolphon, Darley, Jockey Club Estates, Newmarket Trainers' Federation and Save Historic Newmarket Action Group, are rejoicing after a High Court judge quashed Forest Heath District Council's deeply flawed Core Strategy.

Read more here

10 Feb - 2011

Forest Heath councillors yesterday unanimously rejected attempts by council officers to overturn their decision to reject Lord Derby's application to build 1,200 houses on Hatchfield Farm.

FHDC officers attempted to remove the councillors' reasons for turning down the application when it comes to appeal but angry members voted against handing delegated powers to the Head of Planning, insisting rightly that they should be involved in the preparation of a Statement of Common Ground, which is required by the planning inspector by 7 April.  

In June, planning committee councillors unanimously rejected the Earl's attempts to tear up 160 acres of greenfield farmland for the large-scale development which also includes plans for a business park.

But, oblivious to the concerns raised by Newmarket's large racing and breeding industry and many locals, Lord Derby is appealing to government planning inspectors to overturn the councillors' decision and engaging in legal action against residents and businesses who oppose his plans.

08 Feb - 2011

Lord Derby's application to build 1,200 houses in Newmarket was rejected by local residents and Newmarket Town Council. Then it was unanimously rejected by the planning committee of the district council last June.

But, instead of listening to the local residents and businesses who have repeatedly told him his plans threaten thousands of local jobs, Lord Derby has appealed against this decision.

And on Wednesday, 9 February, Forest Heath District Council's planning committee will be asked by council officers to overturn their original rejection, despite the fact that Lord Derby's appeal is not due to be heard by a government inspector until later this year

Please contact your district councillors on the planning committee and ask them to uphold their original decision and join us and other local residents for the meeting at 4.30pm on Wednesday at Forest Heath District Council's offices at College Heath Road, Mildenhall, Suffolk, IP28 7EY.

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