This is your Neighbourhood Plan.

It was initially formed by drawing together ideas and views gathered in early consultations in the town, and as the Plan has taken shape, we have continued to listen to the comments of all those who have given us feedback, and as a result the Plan has evolved considerably over time. We have also included direct quotes from fellow residents, because this process is all about making sure that everyone can have a voice in the future of our town. The steering group is made up of local residents of widely varying backgrounds and interests, and we have made it our priority to produce a balanced Plan for all who live and work here, and which does not represent the views of any one group alone.

While we each have our own perspective on living in Newmarket, we are all committed to ensuring the future prosperity of our town. Just as the Newmarket of today is the result of past decisions and actions, we wish to ensure that today’s decisions and actions will bring about the best outcomes for our town, not only in the present, but also for generations to come. The Neighbourhood Plan is primarily designed to do this by setting Policies which will govern the use of land within the Plan Area, but the process has also brought into focus other issues which are of interest and concern to local people. These issues have been worked into Community Actions, which will form the basis of an action plan for the Town Council between now and 2031. Finally, we were determined to write this Neighbourhood Plan so that it would be clear and enjoyable to read, avoiding jargon and including background information so that the Plan itself would become a record of life in our town in 2019.

We are very grateful for the lead given by Newmarket Town Council, and for the advice provided by planning officers from Forest Heath District Council and Suffolk County Council, and by Ian Poole, our independent planning consultant, as well as for the responses of other statutory consultees. However, the ideas put forward here come from our community; every individual has the chance to contribute, and we would like to thank all those who have done so.