IT took two votes but a new holiday centre in Aberporth was given the green light by Ceredigion County Council.

Objectors to the proposal, which would be accessed through the housing estate where they live, requested a site visit but this was voted down.

Clerical confusion meant the speaker, Tony Esso, did not get his chance to express the views of residents of Parc y Plas until after a vote unanimously in favour of the plan.

The application is for a holiday centre including a three-bedroom boutique hotel, three self-contained timber lodges, workshop, landscaping and open spaces at Maes yr Onnen.

Returning local resident Dafydd Davies hopes the plan will allow him, and his young family, to set up a thriving business in his home village after working away in England for many years.

“It will be a visitor attraction throughout the year so it will ensure a sustainable livelihood and won’t depend on the sun,” Mr Davies added.

Mr Esso, however, said residents were strongly opposed to the access to the development being through the estate, saying it would “affect us greatly.”

Other such sites were accessed directly from a main road he added, and he asked members to consider other options for access.

The development committee heard on Wednesday (June 13) that the highways department had no objection to the proposed access with the road adopted by the authority and therefore public access.

Planning officers stated that although the development was outside the boundary of Aberporth it was closely associated to the built-up area and its departure from the local development plan was outweighed by the tourism benefits.

A number of committee members backed the plan and the creation of hotel accommodation in the area.

The number of cars travelling to the site was considered reasonable and a further application would be needed if there were any desire to change the hotel to a residency.

Fifty letters of objection were received but double the amount of expressions of support were received by the planning department.

Following a second vote the holiday centre was given the go ahead with all committee members present voting in favour.