A prominent councillor has called on Lord Derby to listen carefully to the views of the people of Newmarket before he submits his 400-home plan for Hatchfield Farm.
Councillor Lisa Chambers, who not only represents Newmarket on Suffolk County Council, but is also the authority’s deputy leader, has, in an unprecedented move, written to the racing peer, who owns the 160-acre greenfield site, urging him to consider the set of objectives for the future of the town, agreed by a wide cross section of the Newmarket community, ahead of making his planning application.
Lord Derby’s proposed development would be the first to come forward since the Newmarket Vision was agreed in July.
“Newmarket deserves to thrive in a way that is fitting for the global headquarters of horse racing. I urge Lord Derby to listen to Newmarket and consider the Vision very carefully before making another planning application,” said Cllr Chambers, who was in Newmarket yesterday with other cabinet members meeting members of the racing community and local industry representatives.
“We want everyone that proposes a development to treat the agreed vision as the ‘voice of Newmarket’ and act upon it so that we can have a thriving town that becomes stronger than ever,” she said.
“Newmarket is one of Suffolk’s most famous and exceptional towns and if we’re to do our best by it, it’s important that we all come together around common goals.”
The Newmarket Vision sets out ambitions and objectives aimed at making the town a better place to live, work in and visit in over the next 20 years as well as proposals to improve the town’s public open spaces, travel routes for walkers, cyclists and horses and create a vibrant and thriving High Street.