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.


At 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is very disappointing that such a major decision can be passed despite only 6 out of 14 planning committee members actually voting in favour.

Banks have still not answered the questions about noise levels at wind speeds of between 12 metres and 25 metres per second (the speed at which turbines switch off). This point was specifically raised by objectors in their speeches and yet councillors failed to question Banks' director when they had the opportunity


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