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Hatchfield Farm Rejected

Posted on: 1st Sep 2016

Lord Derby's planning application to develop his Hatchfield Farm site has been rejected by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. After many years of uncertainty this will be a great relief to the Racing & Breeding Industry. We do need housing for locals but Hatchfield Farm was not the answer. For those who wish to preserve and enhance the Horseracing Industry knew that the increased pressure on ALL the roads into Newmarket would be insufferable not just for the industry but for all residents.

As we all also know the 400 houses was the starting point and would have been the tip of the iceberg. It was never going to stop at 400 houses.

As quoted in The Racing Post "The Secretary of State disagrees with the Inspector’s recommendation. He hereby refuses outline planning permission for up to 400 dwellings plus associated open space (including areas of habitat enhancement) foul and surface water infrastructure, two accesses onto the A142, internal footpaths, cycle routes and estate roads at Hatchfield Farm."

We all started fighting this five years ago and hopefully this will be the end of it. Rachel Hood and I stormed the stage when Lord Derby was making his speech to a room packed with racing journalists at The Derby Awards. It was perhaps the most daring thing I have ever done. Everyone was booing us except John McCririck who shouted "Shut Up these are two very brave women". I think most people thought we were two stupid women but we did it and got into the papers and so the fight began.

Hundreds of people fought The Hatchfield Farm planning application on not one but two occasions. Rachel Hood, wife of John Gosden, William Gittus from Jockey Club Estates and John Morrey from Tattersalls spent hundreds and thousands of hours working on the case. We also need to thank our fantastic MP Matt Hancock who was behind us all the way and worked tirelessly to get the right result for us.

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