“We should plant our standard squarely on preserving Bosworth and its heritage, both past and yet to be discovered.” “Bosworth is the battlefield under threat today; but while the current legal framework continues, no doubt there will be others,” Mr Skidmore will tell MPs at a debate in Westminster Hall today.”For to build over one part of a battlefield site, threatens to set a precedent of permissiveness that could erode our ability to protect our battlefields across the country. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Ancient battlefields will be at risk if building is allowed to go ahead at Bosworth Field, ministers will be warned today, as campaigners launched a bid to buy the threatened land for the nation. Chris Skidmore, a Conservative party vice chairman and leading expert on Richard III, will call for better protections for the 46 battlefields in England after automotive specialists Horiba Mira Ltd applied to build a test track for driverless vehicles on part of the site. The Battle of Bosworth in August 1485 was a crucial moment in British history which saw the death of Richard III, ending the Plantagenet reign and bringing the Tudor dynasty to the throne. More than 12,000 people have signed a petition urging Hinkley and Bosworth Borough Council to refuse permission for the new 83 acre test track, while The Battlefields Trust has launched a campaign to buy the land from Horiba Mira. Mr Skidmore will also call for the Government to tighten planning rules which currently only stop building on battlefields if there is “substantial harm”.He will add: “I know that this is a local decision that will be made by the Council, and I am sure that they will reflect upon the written submissions and petition next month. “But we must recognise here the precedent nationally that this application risks setting. “And we must also ask, how have we managed to get to this situation in the first place that a battlefield of national historic importance should be placed under threat?” The decision on whether to allow the test track to go ahead will be made by Hinckley and Borough Council on September 25. Bosworth FieldCredit:Royal Collection/Richard III’s body was discovered in Leicester The land in which the battle of Bosworth is set needs to be bought for the nation.Kelvin van Hasselt, vice president of The Battlefields Trust Kelvin van Hasselt, vice president of The Battlefields Trust, said: “The land in which the battle of Bosworth is set needs to be bought for the nation just as the Americans do with their battlefields “The wider battlefield faces a severe threat of building which will prevent its proper presentation in the future.“In particular it will not be possible to stand where Henry Tudor stood when he first saw Richard III’s army, ponder the decisions he then made and from there to walk in his footsteps to the point where the armies engaged.