West Suffolk Local Plan (Regulation 18) Issues and Options October 2020

Comment ID 1078
Document Section Part 3 - settlements Towns Newmarket Newmarket View all on this section
Respondent Ms Rachel Hood View all by this respondent
Response Date 20 Dec 2020
Summary
WS145. Hatchfield is a completely inappropriate greenfield development that will damage Newmarket's horse training businesses by urbanising and bringing substantially more traffic to the town.
Comment

Hatchfield is a completely inappropriate greenfield development that will damage Newmarket's horse training businesses by urbanising and bringing substantially more traffic to the town.

Hatchfield is well known locally to not be a farm, but part of Stanley House Stud, which is a protected area.

It is wholly inappropriate to build on this greenfield site when there are so many brownfield locations across the district that can be developed.

Hatchfield should be removed from the SHELAA.

Over a number of decades, a significant number of services have been withdrawn and centralised elsewhere.  For the town to be sustainable, these services would have to be reinstated and extended, together with improvement in overall infrastructure.

The following services have been lost to the town:

* A general hospital, including a maternity ward
* A&E Services
* Out-of-hours GP services
* Mental health services
* Support services for residents with disabilities
* A police station with public access
* Courthouse
* Post-16 education
* Railway station building
* Free recycling centre
* Cinema

The leisure and cultural offer of the Town should be identified as a key area of need to be addressed, with particular focus on providing a shared community sports and recreation area, a cinema, a museum of local history and facilitating participation in the Arts

The lack of green space and sports facilities within the town, is identified as a further key area of need.

Significant problems occur when road closures cause traffic from the A11/A14 to be diverted through Newmarket, effectively bringing the Town to a standstill. This could be alleviated through improvements to the road network.

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Your comments are welcomed and have been noted. All responses will be carefully considered and will assist in the production of the next draft of the plan, the Preferred Options draft, which will be consulted on in early 2022.