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Opposition gathers over wind farms

Local opposition to onshore windfarms has tripled since 2010, a new Guardian poll reveals.

The majority of the public are still behind wind power, in contrast to the negative stance on the building of nuclear and coal power plants.

The poll has showed growing division on the renewable technology with those supporting wind farms growing by 5 per cent, while those against rising by 14 per cent.

The energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey told the Guardian: “A responsible energy policy for this country is one that rules in all of the key low-carbon technologies to help us keep the lights on and emissions down.”

“Ruling any of them out would be folly. It would mean one less way of cutting our dependence on imported gas, one less way of cutting our carbon emissions.”

“And it would hit consumers where it hurts.”

The ICM/Guardian poll shows 60 per cent of Britons would now support the building of a wind farm within five miles of their home, compared to 73 per cent of those asked the same question in an Ipsos Mori poll in early 2010.

Those opposed to such a development rose from 16 per cent to 27 per cent of people.