Marr and Melton Wood Action Group

On Wednesday 27th September 2006, Banks Developments unveiled a plan to construct between four and seven 125m wind turbines on green-belt farm land opposite the village of Marr in South Yorkshire. This blog will chart the progress of the local movement as it fights to oppose the scheme.

16 January 2007


No planning submission from Banks yet, but here's a quick update on events since the last posting:

11th Jan - Doncaster Free Press article. The Public Enquiry for the Tween Bridge Wind Farm has started.

13th Dec - Presentation to Barnburgh and Harlington Parish Council.

9th Dec - Daily Telegraph article - 'Wind Farms are failing to generate the predicted amount of energy' - a report on a Study by the Renewable Energy Foundation. The report concludes that 'the most effective place to site turbines is a t sea near major cities where they can the greater power of off-shore winds without losing too much of the electricity generated in transmission through the National Grid'.

2nd Dec - Yorkshire Post article - 'A green Future for Coal' - a report on a green power generation scheme at Hatfield Colliery. The scheme will mine coal in the old Yorkshire seam, and in a new on-site power station, super-heat the coal (not burn-it!) to provide clean power generation - carbon emissions will be zero. The plant will generate power at a cost of £40/megawatt-hour as opposed to £140/megawatt-hour for wind-power (most taken up by subsidies). The scheme has a 40 year life, will provide a secure supply of power (not intermittent), many times the output of a Wind Turbine. The scheme is also a job creator for the Yorkshire area.

30th Nov Public Meeting Marr Lodge - over 50 people turned up for the Action Group update. The presentation was well received with a lively debate afterwards.

30th Nov - Press Article, South Yorkshire Times

Nov - RSPB confirmed that there are no grounds from a bird perspective to object to the Marr proposal.