Councillors reject Rhosgoch solar farm plan

Anglesey councillors have rejected plans to build a major solar farm on the north of the island.

Developers Countryside Renewables are seeking to build an 220-acre solar park – the biggest of its kind in Wales – on agricultural land at Rhosgoch near Amlwch.

Anglesey Council officials recommended conditional approval, but the planning committee voted against the proposals on Wednesday and will have to vote again on the application next month.

Opponents to the scheme – including Amlwch Town Council and community councils in Llanbadraig and Mechell – say they’re concerned about the size of the solar farm and the potential eniviromental impact. Over 135 objections have been sent to the local authority.

Under the plans, around 200,000 solar panels would be installed on the site – enough to generate power for around half the number of homes on Anglesey. It would also be the first in the UK to store energy in batteries.

Countryside Renewables first submitted their application in February last year. Planning officers backed the scheme but a final decision has been deferred several times.