Turbines due to arrive for wind farm project

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WORK to put in place controversial wind turbines near a Doncaster village could start next week.

Banks Renewables plans to start construction of the four structures on Monday, and expects them to be fully operational early next year.

The firm is spending around £10 million in the Marr wind farm at Hangmanstone Lane, near Doncaster, and has been doing preparatory work on the site, which sits to the west of junction 37 of the A1(M), for the last six months.

The scheme provoked protest when it was unveiled, with 150 objections being lodged with Doncaster Council, because of concerns including the noise and visual impact it would have on the landscape. Four parish councils objected.

The turbines will be brought to the Marr site between Monday, September 26, and Friday, October 14, with the exact date depending on the prevailing weather conditions.

They will travel up the A1(M) to junction 37, then along the A635 Barnsley Road towards Marr before going onto the site.

The Marr wind farm when fully operational will generate enough power to meet the energy requirements of up to 6,700 home. Each turbine will take up to three days to erect.

A community benefits fund will run alongside the wind farm, and will provide support for local groups and projects.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group, says: “This is a real milestone for the Marr project, and after undertaking a great deal of work to make the site ready for their arrival, we’re excited at the prospect of seeing the turbines in place.

“A liaison committee has been established for the site and we are continuing to work closely with local people during the construction of the wind farm.

“The transport route for the turbines’ arrival on site has been chosen to minimise any impact on traffic in the area, but we are obviously keen to make local people aware of what is scheduled to happen in order to reduce this likelihood even further.”