Turbines start despite concern

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RESIDENTS will keep a close eye on controversial windfarm plans near a Doncaster village when work starts, developers are being warned.

Construction work is set to start today on the site of the scheme near Marr, which was met with a hostile reception by nearby residents when the scheme was first announced.

Villagers in nearby Barnburgh, Hickleton and High Melton - which lie within about a mile of the development - argued the windfarm would devastate an area of natural beauty.

Members of the Marr and Melton Wood Action Group said it would ruin views of the countryside and harm local wildlife.

The windfarm, being built by Banks Group, will be located to the west of junction 37 of the A1M.

When fully operational, the four-turbine scheme will generate up to eight megawatts of electricity.

Doncaster councillor for Sprotbrough, Coun Doreen Woodhouse, said: “I think people are resigned that we are going to get these turbines now. But we will be keeping a close eye on what is going on and making sure that Banks stick to any conditions attached as part of the planning permission.”

Work starting today is expected to involve improvements to the road junction between Hangmans Stone Lane and Barnsley Road.

Construction work is scheduled to take around 10 months, with the scheme expected to be up and running early next year.

A community benefits fund will run alongside the windfarm when it is fully operational, and will provide support for local groups and projects.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at The Banks Group, said: “Banks Renewables is very pleased to have reached this stage in the windfarm’s development, and will endeavour to carry out the construction work safely, efficiently and responsibly. We will continue to work closely with the local community to ensure everyone is kept fully up to date with the progress that is being made on site.”