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The Jockey Membership opposed plans for a 400-home growth near Newmarket Racecourses

Lord Derby has gained a key Excessive Court docket stage of his battle to construct 400 houses on his land.

The plans for the event on the Hatchfield Farm property in Newmarket, Suffolk, had been authorised by Forest Heath District Council.

However final yr Native Authorities Secretary Sajiv Javid refused to just accept the choice.

Planning choose Mr Justice Gilbart dominated that Mr Javid’s determination was fatally inconsistent and “plainly poor”.

The case will now should reconsidered.

Mr Justice Gilbart, sitting in London, quashed the refusal, saying: “The secretary of state has carried out an entire and unexplained volte-face in his evaluation of the highways impacts of two proposals for growth on the identical website in Newmarket and has additionally failed to use his personal Nationwide Planning Coverage Framework.”

The choose stated: “There may be on any view a requirement for extra land for housing and different financial growth within the Forest Heath District.”

Edward Stanley, the 19th Earl of Derby, introduced the authorized problem with Moulton Parish Council and the Rural Parishes Alliance.

The choose stated native parish councils had for a while argued that progress within the space shouldn’t be dispersed among the many rural parishes however concentrated in Newmarket.

Newmarket Horsemen’s Group and a few others have been involved that growth within the city “might have an antagonistic impact on the horseracing business that’s based mostly there” and result in elevated site visitors.

A spokesman for Lord Derby stated: “The secretary of state now has a second probability to find out the appliance. He ought to take full account of the numerous advantages the planning software will carry to Newmarket when making a choice.”

The Division for Communities and Native Authorities stated: “Now we have obtained this judgment and can now think about our response.”