Councillors stand firm of Hatchfield decision again

Forest Heath councillors yesterday unanimously rejected attempts by council officers to overturn their decision to reject Lord Derby's application to build 1,200 houses on Hatchfield Farm.

FHDC officers attempted to remove the councillors' reasons for turning down the application when it comes to appeal but angry members voted against handing delegated powers to the Head of Planning, insisting rightly that they should be involved in the preparation of a Statement of Common Ground, which is required by the planning inspector by 7 April.  

In June, planning committee councillors unanimously rejected the Earl's attempts to tear up 160 acres of greenfield farmland for the large-scale development which also includes plans for a business park.

But, oblivious to the concerns raised by Newmarket's large racing and breeding industry and many locals, Lord Derby is appealing to government planning inspectors to overturn the councillors' decision and engaging in legal action against residents and businesses who oppose his plans.