A huge test track for driverless cars is to be built on the site of the Battle of Bosworth – where Richard III was defeated by Henry Tudor in 1485.
The decision to bulldoze such a historically significant site has angered many.
“This country is going to lose a massive heritage asset,” a spokesman for heritage charity The Battlefields Trust said.
The council planning committee voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing Japanese-owned automotive company Horiba Mira to build a new £26 million testing facility on the battlefield.
The decision to build a 1.2 million square foot test track prompted outcry as more than 4,000 people signed a petition calling for Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to reject the plans.
The battle marked an important day for England, not merely in putting end to the reign and the life of a usurper and murderer, whose rule was disgrace to it, but in finally freeing it from the civil contentions comprehended under the title of the Wars of the Roses.