Lords’ vote could set referendum for new wind farms

Every new wind farm in Britain could need a referendum for approval after a vote on the Localism Bill in the House of Lords later today, a renewable body has […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Every new wind farm in Britain could need a referendum for approval after a vote on the Localism Bill in the House of Lords later today, a renewable body has warned.

The Localism Bill going through the House of Lords at the moment is intended to dish out more power to local councils and communities. But a change to the bill in July has concerned backers of renewables because it could add extra constraints to the fledgling wind industry.

RenewableUK warned that just 5% of a local community could force a referendum over the planning for a wind farm in their area if the bill gets passed.

Charles Anglin, Director of Communications at RenewableUK said that the trade body has tabled an amendment to remove this referendum clause of the Localism Bill.