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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

New skirmish over site of the 'lost' battle of 1066

The site of a battle that opened the way for Kind Harold's defeat at Hastings is at the centre of a new conflict over plans to build hundreds of new houses.

It is the forgotten battle of 1066 which shaped the course of English history.

At Fulford, outside York, an invading Norse army defeated Anglo-Saxon forces, killing 5,000 men and, historians say, opening the way for King Harold’s defeat at Hastings to William the Conqueror.

But almost 1,000 years later, what is believed to be the site of the battle is at the centre of a conflict over plans for hundreds of new houses.

The dispute over the site comes amid fears that more schemes will be given the go-ahead as a result of the Government’s relaxation of the planning laws.

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