A) Landscape character & setting issues

Inappropriate Siting of plant:

***Use your OWN words – do not copy ours – or your planning objection may not count***

  1. Major impact of huge plant and constant emissions plume on views from around the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; stack height 87.2 metres above sea level so clearly visible from most locations to East and West; VP (View Point) images in planning docs minimise the mass of plant by their 2-dimensional representation and understating the scale. [You can use campaign images to show actual effect from Rodwell Trail and from Portland Marina.] The applicants clearly recognise that is a matter of significant concern by suggesting the use of a photograph of the landscape to be applied to part of the building in an attempt to conceal it (Des & Acc Statement, Part 4, 5.5.3 and 5.6.2). How long this ‘camouflage’ effect would survive or be maintained in this exposed location, even if an acceptable solution, is problematic. Visitors wish to admire the wild, rugged, iconic coastline of Portland, not a photograph. (conflicts with e.g. Jurassic Coast Management Plan 2020 to 2025: Strategic Aim 1 and Regulation Policies 2 and 4; IM Policy 3; Strategic Aims 2 and 4)
  2. Completely incompatible with Waste Plan 2019: “Great weight will be given to conserving the landscape and scenic beauty of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks and the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage Site, and their settings….Permission will only be granted for waste developments where it is demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Waste Planning Authority that they will not result in unacceptable adverse impacts upon the special qualities that underpin the relevant designation. Proposals for major development in such areas will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances”. (Waste Plan 2019 Policy 14; Local Plan Strategic Objectives ‘will have special regard to the conservation of the area’s natural beauty’; LP ENV2 ‘over-riding policy consideration’, NPPF 173)
  3. Scale and mass of plant and emissions plume would contravene Local Plan ENV1 “The plan area’s exceptional landscapes and seascapes and geological interest will be protected… Development which would harm….including their characteristic landscape quality and diversity, uninterrupted panoramic views, individual landmarks, and sense of tranquillity and remoteness, will not be permitted” and “Development that significantly adversely affects the character or visual quality of the local landscape or seascape will not be permitted” (LP ENV1i and ii; NPPF 172)
  4. Major impact on iconic views of the north and east coast of Portland on the approach across the causeway. See above: stack at 87.2 metres above sea level and its constant plume would be a dominant feature of these views, clearly visible above the lower slopes of the Verne Citadel
  5. Impact on views from immediate vicinity – the top of the building and the 87.2 metre stack and plume would be visible from many nearby locations, such as Portland Marina and Chesil Bank (see our Marina View image)
  6. Impact on views from sea, especially from Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay – the main halls of the plant would stand at 54.2 metres and 43.2 metres above sea level. The huge mass of the structure would in reality completely alter these views of the island
  7. Major harmful impact on setting of a cluster of heritage assets including Portland Castle: mass, stack and emissions plume would dominate setting of some of these assets– see above
  8. [Light pollution impact on night-time views of and from Portland – to be checked in planning docs – do not use this argument just now]
  9. Noise pollution impact damaging tranquillity of the area for both residents and visitors; and for breeding birds