New wind turbine plans speeding up

THE landscape close to a rural Doncaster village is set to change dramatically with the imminent arrival of four 125 metre turbines at a new wind farm.

The next phase of the project, which is set to power 6,700 homes, will see the turbines erected near Marr.

The £10 million wind farm is expected to be fully operational early next year.

Developers Banks Renewables started preparatory work on the site, to the west of junction 37 of the A1(M), in April.

The firm said the fully-operational scheme would include a community benefits fund providing support for local groups and projects.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at the Banks Group, said: “This is a real milestone 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.

“This new wind farm will provide a positive long-term legacy through the community benefits fund.”

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

Banks insist its arrival will not cause any major disruption to traffic in the village.

Each turbine will take around three days to put up and the developers aim to have the wind farm connected to the National Grid in the New Year.

A planned temporary road closure of the junction of A635 Barnsley Road and Hangman Stone Lane will take place between October 10 and 13 for resurfacing work.

A liaison committee was set up for nearby homeowners with Banks claiming it is continuing to work closely with residents during construction.

Mr Dowdall added: “The transport route for the turbines’ arrival has been chosen to minimise any impact on traffic in the area.

“We are obviously keen to make local people aware of what is scheduled to happen in order to reduce this likelihood even further.”

The wind farm will have the capacity to generate up to 12 megawatts of renewable energy. It has also created construction jobs.