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The Secretary of State has announced his decision on the Hatchfield Farm appeal for an urban extension on the Earl of Derby's land at Newmarket.

The Secretary of State agreed with his Inspector's recommendation that the appeal should be dismissed, primarily on the ground that it was premature pending the reformulation of the District's housing distribution strategy in its Single Issue Review of the Core Strategy. The Review had been necessitated by a High Court judgment quashing parts of the Core Strategy for breaches of the SEA regime.

Michael Bedford acted for Forest Heath District Council and Simon Bird QC acted for Tattersalls, one of the principal objectors.