'Block-voting' allegations as Forest Heath planning committee approves Hatchfield Farm application

Lord Derby's deeply unpoular application to build 400 houses on Hatcfield Stud Farm was approved today - but only by councillors whose constitents will not be affected by the development.

Newmarket's five representatives on the planning committee unanimously rejected the proposals.

The plans were approved by a margin of 10-5, with only councillors from Mildenahll and Brandon, Forest Heath's other towns, voting for them.

Save Historic Newmarket, Newmarket Horsemans Group and other members of Newmarket's alliance are extremely disappointed, but will appeal in the hope that economic sense and the spirit of localism will prevail and thousands of jobs in Newmarket's horse racing industry will not be threatened.