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Wiltshire council votes for tough new planning restrictions for windfarms -
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Tory-controlled council follows Lincolnshire in proposing tougher planning conditions that will effectively stop new developments A revolt in the shires against windfarms has begun with Wiltshire council passing a policy that would effectively ban new turbines, following a similar move by Lincolnshire in June. But the move by the Conservative-controlled Wiltshire council was denounced by the Liberal Democrat opposition as a "small-minded political stunt" and by campaigners as an "ambush". A new national opinion poll on Tuesday shows support for windfarms has dropped from 75% in 2008 to 58% in June, with opposition doubling to 18% over the same period. In February, 100 Conservative MPs demanded that David Cameron deliver larger cuts in windfarm subsidies, a position reported to be backed by George Osborne's Treasury. The motion passed by Wiltshire council would ban the erection of turbines within three kilometres of a home for turbines taller than 150m and two kilometres for those over...
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