However, at the annual meeting, Steven Wood, officer for planning and growth at FHDC
, said: "I'm pleased to say we are now working positively with Mr Gredley and negotiations have had a better tone than in the past.
The inquiry has 12 days to hear evidence in the presence of government-appointed inspector Christina Downes before a final decision on the long-running saga, which has been dragging on in various guises since 2010, when it was first refused by FHDC
The planning meeting to debate the Hatchfield Farm proposals is to be held at the FHDC
offices in Mildenhall on Wednesday at 6pm.
David Bowman, the FHDC
portfolio holder for economic development and tourism, said the report gave the council "a good idea of what we need to do and where we need to go".
Lord Derby then lodged an appeal in December of that year, which led to a public inquiry at the FHDC
offices last summer.
As well as the FHDC
, the new shop has been opposed by the Town Council.
Summer holidays had meant a recess since late July, but there was no change in the opposition to Lord Derby's appeal against the refusal of planning permission to build 1,200 homes in north-east Newmarket, with FHDC
, Tattersalls and the Save Historic Newmarket Action Group all ranged against him.
, solicitor Mike Bedford said the recent quashing of parts of the government's local Core Strategy had changed the landscape of housing distribution and indicated that Lord Derby's plan was premature.
In April, FHDC
instructed Dr Mark Ford of traffic consultants Mayer Brown to report on vehicle movements particularly in relation to the Fordham Road and associated horsewalks and road crossings.
Gredley, whose Unex Group purchased the site as long ago as 1990, has had numerous plans for conversion turned down by FHDC
in the past.
The SHNAG trio were also voted on to a new 'Vision for Newmarket' subcommittee, which will liaise with FHDC
about future plans for Newmarket.