A green belt area of outstanding beauty is being targeted by developers, Banks UK, to site 4 ““ 7 wind turbines, each almost the size of Blackpool Tower. The area, between Marr, Hickleton and High Melton (all conservation villages to the north west of Doncaster), has been classified as “˜an area of great landscape value, worthy of special protection’ by Doncaster Council. The turbines would also decimate stunning views surrounding, Brodsworth, Sprotbrough, Pickburn and Barnburgh.
A number of footpaths and bridleways cross the designated development area, and are a joy to those who use them, particularly as there is an abundance of wildlife in the area ““ skylarks, red kites and a bat colony in Melton Wood the big attractions. The disruption will affect wildlife, ramblers, and cyclists, and the road and site development would bring the already congested Barnsley Road (A635) around Marr to a standstill at peak times.
Marr and Hickleton residents have waited for a road bypass for some years now, to reduce the level of traffic, danger and noise levels, but despite plans being drawn up, nothing has materialised. Now there is anger that, as well as the total disruption from construction and maintenance, the turbines will extend the noise problem, particularly in the sleeping hours. The proposed location is 800m from homes – half the minimum distance recommended by the UK Noise Association.
A wind farm here would contravene all the principles of conservation, and for people who know the area, losing this part of the Doncaster countryside is unthinkable.”
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