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Battle for planning permission on historic ground

The site of the last battle on English soil, has sparked a new conflict more than 250 years on.

Plans to build around 60 new homes on the site of the Battle of Clifton, near Penrith are being opposed on the grounds it's an area of historical importance. Paul Crone takes up the story.

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Historians say houses would be built on 'war graves'

This plaque a plaque commemorates the skirmish, in which 12 Jacobites were killed and an estimated 100 English soldiers killed or wounded. Credit: ITV Border

A group of Jacobite historians and academics, known as the 1745 Association, are objecting to a plan to build 61 houses at Clifton, near Penrith.

Eden District Council will have to approve the planning application, but the 1745 Association argue that the houses would be built on a 'war grave' as it's believed that men from both armies were buried in the land there. The houses will also be close to the 'Rebel tree', a landmark for the battle.

In 1745 the last battle on English soil was fought between Bonnie Prince Charlie's rebels and English soldiers. It's believed that 12 Scottish Jacobites were killed and an estimated 100 English soldiers killed or wounded.

12 Jacobites are believed to have been buried under Rebel tree Credit: ITV Border
The 1745 Association has objected to the development plans in the neighbouring field because they argue the dead from both sides are likely to be buried here. Credit: ITV Border

Battle ground planning to be 'considered carefully'

The site of the last battle on English soil at Clifton near Penrith, has sparked a new conflict over 250 years on.

Plans to build more than 60 new homes on the site of the Battle of Clifton which took place in 1745, are being opposed on the grounds it's an area of historical importance.