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We lost!  

Today at the Planning Committee, Doncaster Councillors voted 6 to 4 to approve the Wind Farm Application. This now goes forward, with Doncaster Councils blessing to the Secretary of State for final approval. That step looks to be a formality.

Action Group Members and representatives of Marr Parish Council were gutted at the outcome. Disappointingly, there was no representation from Hickleton, Barnurgh and Harlington or High Melton Parish Councils.

Concerns over noise were debated at length and then largely dismissed by Doncaster Environmental Health Department. The impact on Greenbelt and the fact that the site is within an area of ‘great landscape value’ were dismissed and hardly debated.

The action group will lobby the Secretary of State, but are not hopeful of overturning the decision. We will also lobby for certain conditions to be applied – particularly around noise and the construction/traffic plans.

My guess is that site works will begin in the Autumn.

Keep watching the site and I will report progress. Maybe the information will be of help to other campaigners facing a similar plight.

Marr and Melton Wood Action Group

26 June 2007

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