Residents key to town’s future
Newmarket trainers were out in force at a public meeting on Monday as residents were invited to help design a vision for the future of the town.
Trainers including Sir Michael Stoute, Luca Cumani, Roger Varian, James Fanshawe, William Haggas and Mark Tompkins were among the audience of around 120, which heard consultant, Ben Bolger, from the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, outline how the town could play a key part in the planning process and help decide the future of its neighbourhoods.
The Foundation has been brought in by Forest Heath District Council, Newmarket Town Council and Suffolk County Council and has organised public meetings as well as workshops for invited delegates.
“We know that more than 1,000 houses are needed in Newmarket in the next 20 years and this is a feedback to identify people’s favourite places and the more challenged ones.”
Newmarket town and district councillor Rachel Hood said: “I am very concerned about the automatic assumption of growth as many of us believe that we have a very delicate eco-system here which we need to safeguard.”
Trainer William Haggas added: “We are guardians of this place for the generations to come. Newmarket is unique, unlike anywhere else in the world, and it is our duty to keep it like this.”
Resident Harriet Powney said: “We must try to move away from the idea that you have to be for or against and that any development is bad.”
And Dr John Calvert said because Newmarket was spilt by the county boundary, planning had not been co-ordinated.
“We have to look at this ridiculous situation,” he said.
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