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.

26 June 2007

We lost!

Today at the Planning Committee, Doncaster Councillors voted 6 to 4 to approve the Wind Farm Application. This now goes forward, with Doncaster Councils blessing to the Secretary of State for final approval. That step looks to be a formality.

Action Group Members and representatives of Marr Parish Council were gutted at the outcome. Disappointingly, there was no representation from Hickleton, Barnurgh and Harlington or High Melton Parish Councils.

Concerns over noise were debated at length and then largely dismissed by Doncaster Environmental Health Department. The impact on Greenbelt and the fact that the site is within an area of 'great landscape value' were dismissed and hardly debated.

The action group will lobby the Secretary of State, but are not hopeful of overturning the decision. We will also lobby for certain conditions to be applied - particularly around noise and the construction/traffic plans.

My guess is that site works will begin in the Autumn.

Keep watching the site and I will report progress. Maybe the information will be of help to other campaigners facing a similar plight.

15 June 2007

Letter of Support and Objection

Much has been made of the fact that more letters of support have been submitted in support of the Windfarm than those that have objected. So today I sat down in the Planning Department and went through each and every letter.

Firstly letters of support for the proposal. This was a simple task as there were just three standard letters that had been photocopied and submitted. I suspect that these had been handed out in the Market Place. I did not see one letter that had been handwritten. It is also interesting to see that of the 228 letters of support submitted - 15% did not have a Doncaster post-code and 2 were from outside of the UK (Gibraltar and Texas!). It is also worthy of note that only a single letter of support was received from one of the effected villages.

Of the 132 letters of objection, many were lengthy and hand-written and some were supported by newspaper clippings and extracts from reports. It was clear that people felt strongly about the proposal and were worried about the impact that the development would have. There was strong objection from all of the surrounding villages.

Thank you to anyone that took the time to sit down, think about the issue and put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard).

The distribution by area was as follows:

Letters of Support
Central Doncaster - 15
Aukley/Finningley/Branton - 6
Intake/Wheatley/Wheatley Hills - 23
Balby/Hexthorpe/Warmsworth - 35
Woodlands/Carcroft/Skellow/Adwick - 11
Bessacarr/Cantley - 16
Sprotbrough - 8
Armthorpe - 2
Hatfield/Dunscroft/Stainforth -10
Moorends/Thorne - 9
Bentley/Scawthorpe/Arksey - 19
Rossington - 16
Haworth/Bircotes/Bawtry - 3
Cusworth/Scawsby- 7
Askern/Norton - 4
Edlington - 7
Barnby Dun/Edenthorpe/Kirk Sandal - 3
Out of Doncaster - 31
Out of UK - 2
NFA - 1
Barnburgh - 1
Total - 228

Letters of Objection
Marr - 49
Barnburgh & Harlington - 51
High Melton - 13
Sprotbrough - 11
Hickleton - 2
Melton Brand - 2
Brodsworth - 1
Goldthorpe - 1
Cusworth/Scawsby - 2
Total - 132

Site Visit and Planning Meeting

Councillors and Planning Committee Members will visit the site on Friday 22nd June at 1030. The formal planning hearing will then be held at 2pm on Tuesday June 26th.

01 June 2007

Planning Meeting - Update

The Wind Farm Planning Application will not be considered at the 5th June meeting. An error has been made in the way that the application has been advertised and so has to be re-posted. It is now possible that it will be on the agenda for 26th June or possibly mid July. Updates to follow.