Residents of Newmarket’s Studlands Park will be celebrating this weekend after people power saw them successfully convince district planners to throw out plans for a massive warehouse building close to their homes.
Cllr David Wright, who represents the estate on Newmarket Town Council said: “it was a great result for everyone who had campaigned so hard against this development particularly Gail Spoore, Christine Pearson and our district councillor Ruth Allen who spoke against the proposed development last night.”
The proposal, by CI Industries, was for a warehouse, distribution centre, or factory on units nine to 11 in St Leger Drive. A decision was originally deferred by district councillors after which the applicants came back with a new plan for smaller buildings. However at last night’s meeting when residents packed the public gallery at the Mildenhall council chamber, councillors rejected the application on the grounds that it was too big for the site.
Residents had been particularly concerned that if the development had gone ahead as a distribution centre it could have been operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week causing disruption to families. However they had always stressed that they were not against development of the site providing it was done with consideration for the families living close by.