Hatchfield Farm decision deferred

Forest Heath District Councillors voted on Thursday to defer a decision on the Hatchfield Farm development until 4 June 2010.

At an extraordinary planning meeting called to assess Lord Derby's application to build 1200 homes and a business park on Hatchfield Farm, Cllrs Drummond, Radford, Hirst and Huggan each moved to reject the application and they were joined in the vote on this by Cllr Mrs Fairman Smith. However, the remaining members of the council present opted to defer the decision to allow more time to consider the implications of such a development, an option they were strongly urged to take by FHDC's head of strategic development, Nigel McCurdy, and the head of planning, Nicola George.

Save Historic Newmarket applauds the brave stance and intelligent comments and objections put forward by Andy Drummond, Ian Radford, Warwick Hirst and Tim Huggan and thanks them and also Newmarket Town Councillor Richard Fletcher and Jockey Club Estates' managing director William Gittus for the impassioned speeches on behalf of the town. Together with the hundreds of residents who turned out to protest at the FHDC offices on Thursday evening, we will continue in our quest to ensure that Lord Derby's monstrous scheme is not given the green light by Forest Heath District Council.