Minerals Plan: Key Issues & Options

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Document Section Derby & Derbyshire Minerals Core Strategy: Key Issues & Options Part One: Background Information Chapter 3: A General Portrait of Derbyshire the Natural Heritage section [List all comments on this document part]
Comment ID /3730177/1
Respondent barry.joyce [List all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 13 Aug 2010
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Reference to landscape character is only paid lip-service in this section with a passing reference under point 3.12.

The 'Landscape Character of Derbyshire' publication provides a full spatial portrait of the county with respect to the landscape character and its relationship to other environmental considerations such as biodiversity and the historic environment.

We suggest that landscape character as a spatial framework needs to be much more prominent in the CS - it's not enough to just avoid designated areas and features. There needs to be a much greater emphasis on the 'whole' and how these site/features contribute to wider character and local distinctiveness. Furthermore the geology of a landscape is a key determinant of landscape character, its habitats and the historic evolution of an area and at the same time is inextricably linked to the mineral resource - this connection needs to be established in the spatial portrait for Derbyshire.