Site inspection for solar farm
12:54pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
PLANS for a massive 40-acre solar farm at Blaenporth have been put on ice for a few weeks so that the full planning committee can inspect the site.
But councillors at this week's development control meeting - which was also attended by around a dozen local residents - were told that if they turned down the scheme the council was unlikely to win at appeal.
And planning officer Rosemary Rees said that other solar farm applications were in the pipeline - including one for 20,000 panels in the Cardigan area.
Officers are still waiting for replies from West Wales Airport and the MoD over glint and glare concerns.
Residents, who read out a joint letter, said they were concerned that homes would be devalued and urged planners to make sure that planes flying over their homes would not be affected by the panels and the site was well screened.
But they added: "We are not asking you to reject the proposals - it has been made quite clear to us that it will go ahead in one form or another."
The multi-million pound scheme by Elgin Energy is the first in the county.
Carl Murphy from Elgin told planners that if the farm got the go-ahead it would not be built until the summer due to issues with the local electricity sub station.
"It's the fear of the unkown," said local member Cllr Gethin James.
"I've been on the planning committee for nine years and have never had an application of this nature. This is a large application and the first of its type in the county."
He urged councillors to visit the site and called for Elgin to provide a sample of what the panels would look like.
Cllr Bryan Davies called for an increase to the planned £40k community benefit payment to the local community council.
"The community benefit should be greater - this project is going to make millions," he said.