A High Court Judge has approved plans to build 800 new homes next to William Shakespeare's wife's cottage in Shottery, Warwickshire.
Anne Hathaway's Grade 1 listed cottage attracts 50,000 visitors from around the world each year.
Planners at Stratford District Council had initially rejected a proposal to build the properties alongside a primary school, health centre and row of shops in Shottery, Warks.
But after developers Bloor Homes and Hallam Land Management appealed the decision, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles overturned the council ruling before the High Court Judge's decision.
At Ann Hathaway's cottage where Shakespeare courted his future wife a storm is approaching.
A planning inspector will begin hearing the arguments for an against a housing development today.