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Decision on housing plan for Newmarket deferred

Protesters at Newmarket housing meeting
Campaigners against the development gathered outside the council

Councillors have voted to defer making a decision on a housing development for Newmarket, Suffolk.

Racehorse owner Lord Derby wants to build about 1,200 houses, a hotel, park and ride and a retail park on the 160-acre Hatchfield Farm site.

West Suffolk MP Richard Spring has said the development would drive away the horse-racing industry.

Forest Heath councillors voted to defer a decision until "technical discussions on the application" had been concluded.

Racehorse trainers said the extra traffic would make it unsafe for the 3,000 horses that cross Newmarket's roads each day.

Lord Derby said earlier: "The planning application that has now been submitted was formulated following extensive consultation with a number of public bodies, as well as feedback given by Newmarket's residents.

"Their concerns, particularly with regards to traffic and the racing industry, were treated with the greatest seriousness and have been addressed in the submitted application."



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