Campaigners fight homes plan for battlefield site

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A controversial scheme to build 51 houses on Gastons Field, the site of a decisive Lancastrian defeat in the Wars of the Roses in 1471, has been agreed by Tewkesbury Borough Council in Gloucestershire. Campaigners fighting to save the site have vowed to lobby the Secretary of State for the Environment, John Prescott, to throw out the plans.

Bryant Homes Mercia Ltd wants to build homes, but there have been objections from across Britain and even from the United States. The company has pledged to keep the battlefield trail on part of the Gastons site. Matthew Brace