Hatchfield appeal verdict in 2012

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.