Solar farm gets go-ahead

The biggest solar farm scheme ever seen in Ceredigion has got the go-ahead from county planners.

A site panel meeting at Llwyn Du farm, Blaenporth, recommended that the 40-acre site was approved despite objections from local residents.

One concession was that the property most affected, a bungalow belonging to widow Jill Chillery, would have a 75m buffer zone in the front and a 25m buffer to the side.

Local member Cllr Gethin James told this week's development control meeting that he was happy all objections had been aired.

"This application engendered a lot of concern. this is the first large scale solar proposal for Ceredigion, something we had not dealt with before and it was difficult to assess. But I am content that the effect on Mrs Chillory's property has been mitigated and I am happy for the application to be approved."

But Cllr Towyn Evans said he was sad to see good agricultural land being used for a solar farm.

"Other locations should be available for this kind of development," he said.

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