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Tudor treasure to be blighted by wind farm

National Trust fury over ‘disasterous’ planning decision

  • Trust says development will blight ‘Britain’s finest Elizabethan garden’
  • Planning inspector backed appeal by energy firm to build turbines there

It is a stunning Tudor summer house, set amid the splendour of ‘Britain’s finest Elizabethan garden’.

That’s how a planning inspector described this National Trust property – before granting permission for four huge wind turbines on nearby land.

The Trust is furious at the decision, which it says will blight the historic building’s setting and spell disaster for other heritage sites.

But their fears for Lyvden New Bield in Northamptonshire were dismissed on the grounds that the Government’s green targets – to produce 15 per cent of energy from renewable sources by 2020 – must come first.

The Planning Inspectorate granted a company permission to build the 125metre-high turbines just over half a mile from the property, as well as an access road, mast and underground cables. It allowed the application on appeal after it was rejected by East Northamptonshire Council last year.

Inspector Paul Griffiths acknowledged that ‘irreplaceable’ historic assets should receive the highest level of protection.

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