Appeal refuses plan to build houses on Kentford stud land

Newmarket Journal - January 2013''Meddler Stud, Kentford
Newmarket Journal - January 2013''Meddler Stud, Kentford
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Plans for 102 homes in Kentford have been dismissed on appeal as unsuitable for the village and detrimental to the horse racing industry.

The plans to develop Meddler Stud in Bury Road were dismissed by the planning inspectorate.

Within his report inspector Ahsan Ghafoor said ‘The location and scale of the scheme would have significant community effect given the potential impact upon existing local amenities’.

Mr Ghafoor also stated that Forest Heath District Council’s lack of a five-year housing land supply had given ‘significant’ weight to approval.

A spokesperson for the council said: “The Inspector concluded that, on balance, allowing such a development would materially harm the horse racing industry and predetermine the location and scale of development within Kentford in an unplanned, uncoordinated and unsustainable manner.”

Kentford Parish Councillor, Roger Dicker, said the decision would give outlying villages confidence that land used by the horse racing industry could be protected.