Lord Derby's Hatchfield appeal turned down

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.