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Appeal: Visual impact assessment ‘underplayed’ harm to Derbyshire landscape

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An inspector has refused permission for a 60-home scheme near Matlock, Derbyshire, ruling that the visual impact assessment submitted along with the proposal had underplayed the magnitude of harm to the surrounding landscape.

The appeal site is a trapezium-shaped parcel of land bound to the north by the A6. It is set in “sporadically developed” surroundings, as part of a “settled, pastoral farming landscape with gently sloping sides, dissected by streams and valleys”. It also falls within the “Dark Peak” National Character Area (NCA), and acts as a green gap between the villages........
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