The report suggested the FHDC
could consider options for further planning protection for the town and horseracing facilities, while further options might give local authorities leverage to seek EU, government and other funding, such as from the National Lottery, or infrastructure improvements.
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, in which 12 days were set aside for governmentappointed inspector Christina Downes to hear evidence, was triggered when secretary of state Eric Pickles decided to call in FHDC
's decision to reverse its previous position and approve the plans last year.
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.
Racehorse Owners Association president Rachel Hood, who is also Newmarket's deputy mayor and an FHDC
councillor, described the report as "tremendous for Newmarket".
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.
The four main parties, the council (FHDC
), Lord Derby, Tattersalls Group and the Save Historic Newmarket Action Group, all gave short opening statements yesterday.
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.