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UK County votes for setbacks up to 3 km from wind turbines

Wiltshire News — July 13, 2012

A NEW policy that will effectively prevent wind farms being built in Wiltshire has been branded a political game by Lib Dem councillors.

At a Wiltshire Council meeting in Devizes, a motion to restrict the height and distance of wind turbines from residential homes, which includes those in Cricklade and Royal Wootton Bassett, was passed by a majority Tory vote.

Turbines that are more than 25 metres high will not be built within 1km of homes and there will be a minimum distance of 1.5km for 50-metre high turbines and 3km for turbines greater than 150 metres.

Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for environment, Toby Sturgis, said the policy would not stop residents getting the technology if they wanted it.  “If a community want a wind turbine and they all support it, it will be taken into consideration when a planning committee make a decision.”

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