Renewable energy company Banks Renewables is to begin investigations into applying for planning permission for an extension of the Marr wind farm to the north west of Doncaster.
The Barlborough-based business invested around £10m in the construction of the existing four-turbine scheme, which is located on land to the west of junction 37 of the A1M, and has begun initial discussions with the Marr community liaison committee about their views on the construction of an extension to it, which would include no more than four further turbines.
No definite decision has yet been taken by Banks on whether it will seek to build such an extension, but the company has confirmed that if it does seek planning permission to do so for an extension to the site, the application could be submitted in the autumn of this year, and that they would not make any further extension applications after that at any point in the future.
The Marr Wind Farm began generating renewable energy at the beginning of 2012, and has an installed capacity of 8MW.
The Marr Wind Farm community benefits fund, which worth more than £8,000 every year, or around £200,000 across the 25-year lifespan of the wind farm, is already enabling Banks to deliver a range of community and environmental improvements in partnership with local people, to help ensure tangible, long-term benefits result from the company’s presence in the area.
Projects that have already received support from the Marr benefits fund include the repair of the badly-damaged roof at St Wilfrid’s Church in Hickleton, and the clearance of scrub land at Stables Wood by Barnborough & Harlington Parish Council.
Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “The Marr wind farm has been working well for some time now, both in terms of its efficient production of renewable energy and of the positive relations we’ve built and maintained with the local community, and we now want to look at whether applying to build an extension to it is an appropriate project for us to pursue.
“No definite decision about whether we will apply to do so has yet been reached, and we’re currently taking soundings from the Marr community liaison committee and the local parish councils in advance of further work being done in the feasibility of an extension.
“If we do decide to go down this route, a full public engagement programme will be undertaken in the area, to ensure everyone is aware of our proposals and can provide feedback on them directly to us.
“The revenues that the Marr scheme is generating are already supporting community projects that will make a positive difference for local people for decades to come, and any extension we undertake would obviously see the amount of money going into the benefits fund substantially increase.”
Any community groups in Marr, Hickleton, Barnborough or Harlington that are interested in applying for funding from the Marr community benefits fund can find out more information about doing so by contacting Banks on 0844 209 1515 or firstname.lastname@example.org