The mast incorporated a number of branches to disguise the functional nature of the installation. The inspector accepted that in some circumstances camouflage could be an effective technique in allowing a mast to be subsumed within a group of trees. But he judged that the mast would form an incongruous feature in an otherwise uniform row of oaks, since its branches would not have the appearance of a natural tree.
He held that the disguised mast would be eye-catching and would invite more scrutiny, as a result of which its artificial nature would become obvious. In the absence of a clear demonstration that no other sites were available, he concluded that the scheme would adversely affect the area's natural beauty.
DCS Number 100-051-322
Inspector John Roberts; Written representations.