TWO family homes will be built at a growing business on a Brynhoffant farm that diversified and now has a global reach.

Chuckling Goat at Glynmelyn has expanded rapidly since it was established by farmer Richard Jones, who discovered goat’s milk was a vital tool in fighting MRSA.

The award-winning company started with Richard and wife Shann working there in 2011 and now employs 20 people.

Mr Jones had two separate applications before Ceredigion County Council, both recommended for refusal by officers due to their size, although there was no objection to the plans in principle.

The plans for affordable homes on the site were thought too large to fall within the ‘affordable’ bracket.

The homes would be for Mr Jones’ daughters and their families, all of whom worked at the family business or local area.

Mr Jones told the committee on Wednesday, May 10 that the size of the houses was “designed to meet the requirements of our children throughout their lives” and would avoid having to extend or move in the future.

The plans are for two detached two-storey homes with four bedrooms, shower room, cloak room, playroom/study, living room, utility, kitchen, larder and dining/sun room.

He also pointed out that although the size and views might contribute to the house value, they would also be sited next to one of the busiest roads in the county which would also have an impact.

“This is a house to live in not to sell,” said local member Cllr Gwyn James in support of the applications.

“We in Ceredigion are fighting against Welsh Government policy forcing our young people to live in service centres. If we don’t look after our young people there will be no young people in our countryside,” he added.

Another issue with the application is linked to Welsh Government objections on road access but the understanding was it was likely to be lifted and new plans had been sent to the Trunk Road Agency.

Committee members were enthusiastically in support of the application, citing economic benefits in the community as well as the Welsh language and supporting the family to stay in the area.

They voted unanimously in favour of deferring the application for delegated approval once the access restriction is lifted.