Onshore Wind Turbines (Proximity of Habitation) Bill (HC Bill 108)




Give powers to local planning authorities to specify the minimum distances

permissible between onshore wind turbines of certain dimensions and the

nearest habitation; and for connected purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Local authority powers

Notwithstanding any existing statutory provision, local authorities may

specify a “recommended best practice set-back distance” between onshore

wind turbines and habitations in their neighbourhood development plans.

2 5Interpretation

In this Act—

  • “habitation” means any premises the main purpose of which is to provide

    residential accommodation, including farmhouses;

  • “neighbourhood development plans” has the same meaning as in the

    10Localism Act 2011;

  • “recommended best practice set-back distance” means the recommended

    minimum distance between the onshore wind turbine and habitations

    as set out in section 3.

3 Recommended best practice set-back distance

(1) 15The recommended best practice set-back distance shall be expressed as a

multiple of the turbine rotor diameter, and in the absence of a decision under

subsection (2), shall be ten times the turbine rotor diameter.

(2) Local authorities wishing to increase or reduce the multiple will have the

power to do so only following a debate and a vote in a full Council meeting.

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4 Short title, commencement and extent

(1) This Act may be cited as the Onshore Wind Turbines (Proximity of Habitation)

Act 2011.

(2) This Act comes into force at the end of the period of three months beginning

5with the day on which it is passed.

(3) This Act extends to England and Wales only.