Newmarket Town Council has, for the second time, rejected Lord Derby's application to tear up Hatchfield Stud Farm to build 400 houses. Among the objections was a lack of infrastructure to support the development, loss of agricultural land, traffic congestion and damage to the town’s main source of employment, horseracing. As before, Lord Derby did not attend the meeting.
Lord Derby won't take a resounding 'No!' for an answer. Newmarket Town Council rejected his plans, Forest Heath District Council rejected his plans, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP rejected his plans, but Lord Derby refuses to listen to Newmarket or the townspeople's elected representatives.
Fresh from the rejection at every stage of planning of his disastrous plans to tear up his horse breeding stud at Hatchfield Farm outside Newmarket to build 1,200 houses and an industrial estate, Lord Derby has returned with an application to build 400 homes on the very same site, despite there being so many immesurably better and more sustainable house and office development opportunites in the town.
The Save Historic Newmarket Action Group has this morning been notified that Lord Derby’s appeal regarding the refusal of planning permission at Hatchfield Farm has been turned down by Secretary of State Eric Pickles.
Lord Derby’s original application to build 1,200 homes and retail outlets on Hatchfield Farm in Newmarket was unanimously opposed by Forest Heath District Council in June 2010. Following an appeal issued by Lord Derby in December that year, a hearing was held at Mildenhall in September last year, at which Save Historic Newmarket, Tattersalls, Jockey Club Estates, Darley, Godolphin, Newmarket Trainers’ Federations, Newmarket Stud Farmers’ Association and the district council all voiced their opposition to the plans.
Save Historic Newmarket is very grateful to the many people of Newmarket and beyond who have vigorously supported our campaign to enable the town to remain as the world-renowned historic headquarters of horseracing and not fall prey to property developers.
We are also very grateful to the Secreary of State Eric Pickles, who listened to local residents and made a decision to protect thousands of jobs in Newmarket.
The planning inspector's hearing for Lord Derby's appeal against the unanimous rejection of his Hatchfield Farm development project was completed in September. His report, which will be passed to the secretary of state, is expected to be published in the early part of 2012.
We'll keep you posted with any news relating to this issue and in the meantime, Save Historic Newmarket, the entire racing and breeding community and a vast number of Newmarket residents remain united in their opposition to Lord Derby's plans to seriously increase the size of the town with a 1,200-home housing development and retail park.
In fighting the appeal lodged by Lord Derby after Newmarket Town Council and Forest Heath District Council had rejected his plans in June 2010, the local groups fighting this development have incurred large legal bills. Save Historic Newmarket is holding a fundraising dinner at the Jockey Club Rooms on Saturday, 26 November, which will include an auction and silent auction. Details of lots will be made available on this website very soon.
The Hatchfield Farm appeal gets underway at the offices of Forest Heath District Council tomorrow (12 July) at 10am.
There is still time to register your disapproval to Lord Derby's plan to build 1,200 homes and an industrial park in Newmarket, and to apply to speak at the appeal hearing, which is likely to take at least two weeks. Please send an email today to Sian.Evans@pins.gsi.gov.uk if you wish to have your say.
Members and supporters of the Save Historic Newmarket Action Group will be gathering at the FHDC offices tomorrow at 9.45am. Please join us to show your support. The offices are at: College Heath Road, Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 7EY. Tel. 01638 719000.