Campaigners have been fighting a landmark case at the High Court to stop a windfarm being built close to an Elizabethan country lodge in Northamptonshire.
Developers want to put up four wind turbines within a mile of the historic building. English Heritage and the National Trust argue that the windfarm would spoil the landscape.
The Environment Secretary has visited Northamptonshire to hear the concerns of farmers and local businesses.
Owen Paterson spoke to traders and shopkeepers at the weekly market in Oundle before visiting the livestock market in Thrapston.
It comes as the government faces criticism for their windfarm policy and the way they've handled the ash dieback crisis.
The controversy over wind farms has escalated after a ban was imposed on any more being built in one part of the East Midlands.
Lincolnshire County Council has become the first in the country to say no to more turbines.