Campaigners against a new wave of 'eco-towns' are to take their case to the High Court after a judicial review ruled in their favour.

The Better Accessible Responsible Development (BARD) campaign, which is trying to prevent an eco-town near Stratford-upon-Avon, had presented an 'arguable legal case' against the wider policy, said Mr Justice Collins.

Bard has been seeking to stop the government’s wider policy of building up to 10 eco-towns – new conurbations built to 'green' standards – claiming the consultation process had side-stepped local authorities.

But the government insisted yesterday that individual bids would still be 'subject to the local planning process' before getting built.