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Newmarket: Controversial Hatchfield Farm homes plan inquiry date set

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 June 2011 | UPDATED: 13:36 29 June 2011

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock at the site of Hatchfield Farm in Newmarket

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock at the site of Hatchfield Farm in Newmarket


DATES have been set for a local inquiry into Lord Derby’s controversial plans to build 1,2000 homes on his land in west Suffolk.

Forest Heath District Council unanimously voted out plans for the proposed development at Earl Derby’s Hatchfield Farm site in Fordham Road, Newmarket, last August.

Opponents to the plans claimed they would jeopardise Newmarket as a racing town and lead to increased congestion on a number of roads, including the busy A14/A142 junction.

Lord Derby, however, has throughout pledged to protect the interests of the racing industry and said the development would be phased over a number of years.

He has appealed the council’s decision. That appeal is being dealt with by a local inquiry headed by a Planning Inspector.

The hearing will take place at the council’s offices in Mildenhall and start on July 12.

A council spokesman said: “The inquiry is scheduled to last 12 days over a period of three weeks excluding Mondays with a further four days commencing on September 20.”

The Secretary of State will decide on the appeal after receiving a report from his inquiry inspector.

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