Conservationists today won a landmark High Court battle against plans for a giant wind farm that would have blighted one of the most important surviving Elizabethan gardens in England.
A judge ruled that a planning inspector made a “flawed” decision to give the go-ahead to plans for four 415ft turbines on farmland just a mile from Lyveden New Bield, a Grade I listed National Trust property.
Lyveden New Bield in Northamptonshire
English Heritage and the National Trust, who backed the legal challenge to the development, said the case had national implications.
East Northamptonshire District Council had sought to block proposals submitted by West Coast Energy to build the wind farm at Barnwell Manor, Sudborough, Northamptonshire.
The manor is owned by the Duke of Gloucester, the Queen’s cousin, who was not directly involved in the High Court action.
The conservation groups had raised concerns about the impact that the wind farm would have on panoramic views in the area, in particular the setting of Lyveden New Bield, an unfinished 17th-century summer house which has one of the country’s finest surviving examples of an Elizabethan garden.