Journal, March 16, 1989

Property developer Bill Gredley’s bid to build houses on Fitzroy Paddocks in Newmarket has been thrown out by the Department of the Environment.

The chairman of the Unex group of companies had taken his plans to Whitehall after Forest Heath Council had turned down the controversial scheme to use the seven and a half acres of paddocks for residential development.

The result was a three-day inquiry last month when Mr Gredley defended his plan declaring: “Town centre houses for people should come before town centre stables for horses.”

He said he intended to develop the land with an estate of 40 executive houses on one side of the site and a variety of low cost starter homes, a stable lads’ hostel and sheltered accommodation for the elderly on the other.

Forest Heath’s refusal was supported by the Jockey Club which said the plan contravened council to prtect racing land.