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6th November 2018

What happened when councillors met to debate £26m MIRA track plan at Bosworth Battlefield

A fresh conflict has erupted at Bosworth Battlefield – and plans for a new track near the site were be debated at a meeting last night.

In August 1485, the armies of Richard III and Henry Tudor clashed bloodily, and the death of the Plantagenet king changed the history of England forever.

The battle did not end the dispute over the crown, and more than 500 years on, Ricardians are still arguing with Tudor supporters.

But enthusiasts have united after it emerged that Horiba Mira’s proposals for an 83 acre track, called TIC-IT, will intrude into a portion of the registered battlefield.

Last night, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s planning committee debated whether to approve the controversial scheme.

Horiba Mira Ltd, which owns the adjacent technology park at Higham on the Hill next to the A5, is behind the test track scheme.

It leads a consortium called Trusted Intelligent Connected Autonomous Vehicle, or TIC-IT, which is part of a national strategy to make the UK a world-leading centre of excellence for the development and commercialisation of driverless cars.

The firm says its facility would be landscaped to make it fit within the surrounding countryside.

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