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Queen’s ‘Elizabeth landmark’ labelled ‘ecological vandalism’ in furious attack on tribute | Royal | News

Initially, Viscount Devonport was refused planning permission for the £3 million steel sculpture which honours the head of state. However, it has now been given the go-ahead – much to the dismay of local residents – after the viscount won a planning appeal.

The project was initially approved by council officers but was then rejected by the planning committee for the area in 2019.

Since then The Planning Inspectorate has overturned Northumberland County Council’s decision to block the sculpture being built on private land, owned by the 3rd Viscount Devonport, Terence Kearley.

The Elizabeth Landmark intends to mark the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee, which celebrates her seventh decade at the helm of the Royal Family in 2022.

The monument consists of a thin metal spike protruding from the earth, which is intended to look like a thin slice of the hill has been removed.

Plans for the structure faced a backlash from local residents who formed the group Keep the Wannies Wild in opposition to the construction.

Comprising of around 2,000 locals, they claim that the design will clash with the isolated, rural surroundings.

Mary Ann Rogers, a local gallery owner and co-founder of the group, has expressed her dismay that the project was granted planning permission and labelled the structure “ecological vandalism”.

She told The Guardian she was “absolutely devastated” by the decision, and added: “To me it is strident, it’s triumphant and it is vast.

“It looks more like a scimitar or a knife or a sword.”

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Those involved in the project have noted that the site will become a “cultural destination with a global reputation”.

He added: “It is our ambition to create a sculpture that is not only celebratory of Queen Elizabeth II and The Commonwealth, but which is also a magnificent piece of artwork that acts as a beacon for visitors and tourists to the region.”

The structure site will also feature a viewing area, car park and a walking trail.

After being given the go-ahead the project will now undertake a period of detailed structural design and fundraising.

Reportedly up to £3 million is thought to be needed before the construction work begins.

Simon Hitchens who designed the landmark noted that it would benefit both the landscape in Northumberland and the residents in surrounding areas.

He said: “We still have a long road ahead of us to bring this contemporary sculpture to fruition yet I am certain that when completed it will be a significant addition to the natural and cultural landscape of Northumberland.

“I believe the landmark will be a valuable asset to local communities and the North East of England, as a cultural destination with a global reputation.”

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