Natural gas extraction incongruous in sensitive landscape

The extraction of natural gas in Derbyshire would give rise to an unacceptable impact on a landscape which was particularly susceptible to change, the ability to remove the infrastructure after 15 years being insufficient to persuade an inspector to allow the appeal.

The drilling rig and flare stage would be relatively short lived and would not have any longstanding impacts on the landscape. The operational phase during which gas was extracted and electricity produced on site would occur over a much longer period of many years. The tall flue stacks, lighting columns, buildings and security fencing and acoustic wall would appear as incongruous industrial elements in an otherwise rural landscape, the inspector found. The compound would be sited in the middle of a field and the new tree and hedgerow planting would be unrelated to existing field boundaries. The scheme would undermine local landscape character and adversely affect the setting of a village.

Inspector: Chris Preston; Written representations

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