Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 9°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Newmarket: Hatchfield Farm plans called-in by secretary of state Eric Pickles after council approval

14:54 13 July 2014

Hatchfield Farm in Newmarket

Hatchfield Farm in Newmarket

Archant

A long-running saga over plans for 400 homes in west Suffolk has taken another twist after they were called-in by the secretary of state.

Lord Derby’s proposals to build 400 homes in Hatchfield Farm, Newmarket were approved by Forest Heath District Council earlier this month, despite fierce opposition from the horse racing industry.

However, communities and local government secretary Eric Pickles has since decided the application must be examined by an independent planning inspector.

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock wrote to Mr Pickles urging him to call the application in, and said he was “delighted” with the decision.

“This is very positive news for both Newmarket and the racing industry as a whole,” said Mr Hancock.

“This means the proposal to build on the land can be thoroughly scrutinised, taking into account the national importance of Newmarket and the impact the housing development could have on the horse racing industry.”

The wrangling over Hatchfield Farm has been running since 2010, when plans for 1,200 homes on the site were turned down by Forest Heath and by the secretary of state at appeal.

However, his report found that the larger scheme would have no impact on the horse racing industry from a traffic perspective.

A spokeswoman for Lord Derby said: “We are disappointed at the decision to call in the application. This is particularly surprising given the secretary of state categorically stated that the much larger scheme would have no adverse economic impact.

“This is a blow to all of those people who need homes in Newmarket and the many who have contacted us to give their support in the past week. Newmarket is about people as well as horses - both need to be accommodated in the town.

“We are confident that an independent planning inspector will recognise the benefits of the scheme and the need for local housing in the context of the thriving horse racing industry.”

Last week Godolphin managing director Hugh Anderson told the EADT that “growing urbanisation is a threat to what the industry is trying to achieve in Newmarket”.

He added: ““For 400 years Newmarket has been a superb location for training and breeding racehorses, and we will stay here as huge supporters of the town and the racing industry for as long as that remains the case.”

A report by SQW this year said the horse racing industry is worth more than £200 million to the local economy.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Car has collided with a tree on Bury Road, Newmarket.

The father of Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble has died following a road crash.

Ipswich Crown Court.

An Ipswich man with “an entrenched and disturbing interest” in sexually abusing females has been jailed for 12 years.

Suffolk People First conference in Kesgrave

Giving people with learning disabilities a chance to speak up and be heard is the key goal of Suffolk People First, a meeting organised by Stowmarket-based Advocacy organisation Ace Anglia.

The EACH Colour Dash in Christchurch Park in Ipswich in 2015

Christchurch Park is set to get colourful this Sunday, with thousands of people descending on Ipswich town centre for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice’s (EACH) Colour Dash.

Teddy bears thrown off the church roof in Walsham Le Willows

Teddy bears will be flung off the roof of a Suffolk church in June to mark its village fayre, but thankfully they will be wearing parachutes.

Andy Wood, CEO of Adnams, is leading the devolution charge. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Proposals for two devolution deals for East Anglia were put to the government today - but their specifics remain under-wraps with the chief negotiator fearing making them public could “weaken our negotiating position”.

Work is underway on The Buttermarket in Ipswich.

Jack Wills is preparing to open in the former Croydons store, work on the Primark extension is nearing completion and the transformation of the Buttermarket Shopping Centre is now in its final stage.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24