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.

23 July 2007

No. 10 Downing Street Petition

A petition has been raised on the No.10 Website and can be accessed at the following link. Please sign-up and forward the link to others to do likewise. We will need over 30,000 signatories to make this one of the top 5 petitions

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/windfarm-blight/

The wording of the petition is as follows:


We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to stop all
current on-shore Wind Farm development in Greenbelt areas until
a national planning policy for renewable energy has been
established.


The Government has set regional targets for renewable energy
generation. While this is a commendable approach to climate
change and carbon emissions, the lure of subsidies has created
a rush of planning submissions from developers. Local Councils
are under severe pressure to approve schemes and are being
forced to consider placement within greenbelt areas, many with
designated landscape value. Our countryside will become
blighted if we allow this to continue and many communities will
be disrupted by noise. As an example, to meet the target for
Yorkshire, an on-shore wind Farm the size of Bradford will need
to be built. Without intervention, this will happen by
stealth, with a small windfarm being developed seemingly every
other village. I call for the Government to re-issue guidelines
to only allow on-shore developments to be sited on brownfield
sites at least 2km away from residential property. Indeed,
large-scale developments should only be considered for
placement off-shore.

Not too late to object!

The planning application now has to go to the Local Government Planning Office to endorse the fact that the Planning Application is contrary to the Doncaster Unitary Development Plan in allowing this type of development in an area of Greenbelt designated as having great landscape value.

The Local Government Officer has indicated that he will consider objections.


THE DECISION CAN STILL BE STOPPED IF YOU ACT NOW

You should write to the Local Government Planning Officer with immediate effect at the following address:

Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber Lateral
8 City Walk
Leeds
LS11 9AT

Quote Planning Reference: 07/004445/FULA

In your own words, state the following:

- that you object to the scheme

- that you do not feel that the scheme was considered fairly at the Doncaster Council Planning Meeting held on the 26th June 2007 due to the fact that:
o the applicant was given an inordinate amount of time to respond to questions
o objectors were not allowed to respond on points made by the applicant
o the applicant dismissed one Councillors arguments as ‘absolute gibberish’
o the only assurances given on noise levels were that they ‘should be OK’
o discussions were inconclusive and based almost exclusively on noise with insufficient time spent considering other factors

- that the applicant was unfairly allowed to sway Councillors’ decisions by attending the site visit

- that documents submitted by the Marr and Melton Wood Action Group were not circulated to Councillors as specifically requested

- that the planning application was complicated and difficult to understand

- that the Environmental Impact Assessment was prepared by the applicant and has not been independently verified

- that the concerns of the vast majority of residents have been ignore

- that the decision should be the subject of a Public inquiry