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

Comment ID 1139
Document Section Part 3 - settlements Towns Newmarket Newmarket View all on this section
Respondent . . (Newmarket Horsemen's Grou… View all by this respondent
Agent Nicky Parsons (Pegasus Group)
Response Date 21 Dec 2020
Summary
The NHG acknowledges and supports the references to the importance of the HRI to Newmarket. It is noted that the list of constraints and opportunities includes reference to the need to manage the movement of vehicles and horses within the town to avoid conflict. It considers that these conflicts should be explained further, and that the Council demonstrate that it is clear on the conflicts that exist.
Comment

Newmarket is discussed at 2.5 of this document. The NHG acknowledges and supports the references to the importance of the HRI to Newmarket. It also welcomes the acknowledgment at paragraph 2.5.3 of the uniqueness of Newmarket and the fact there is 'no comparable economic importance and location elsewhere in the world'. This underlines the previous comments made by the NHG in its representations that the HRI is a worthy candidate that deserves protection and special consideration in the plan and the options being considered for the strategic allocation of development.

The NHG has made previous comments regarding the Project Newmarket initiative. It considers that this should be referred to in this settlement review and used to help create the opportunities for addressing the issues faced by Newmarket. This includes the opportunity provided by the HRI for further economic growth and the provision of additional housing to meet the needs indicated at paragraph 2.5.4.

It is noted that the list of constraints and opportunities includes reference to the need to manage the movement of vehicles and horses within the town to avoid conflict. It considers that these conflicts should be explained further, and that the Council demonstrate that it is clear on the conflicts that exist.

Paragraph 2.5.14 of this document asks for comments on the included sites within the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA). We have provided these earlier in our representations in the evidence base section.

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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.