COMMUNITIES Secretary Eric Pickles has asked whether an obscure court decision to stop wind turbines being built in Northamptonshire should impact the future of Horkesley Park.

Mr Pickles’ department is currently reviewing a report by an independent inspector before deciding whether a decision to block the controversial Stour Valley visitor centre and country park should be overturned.

Those involved in the application have been sent a Court of Appeal decision over a planning wrangle on the construction of four 400 feet tall wind turbines near historic gardens in Northamptonshire.

An independent inspector ruled they could be built, but the Court of Appeal last month backed a High Court decision to overturn the planning permission.

Will Pavry, of the Stour Valley Action Group, said the case had parallels with Horkesley Park because it focused on the impact a new development would have on listed heritage.

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