Go ahead for Rhosgoch solar farm

Councillors have given the go-ahead for a major new solar farm on the north of Anglesey – the biggest of its kind in Wales.

Proposals for the 220-acre site, earmarked for agricultural land at Rhosgoch near Amlwch, had been rejected last month despite planning officers recommending planning approval.

But on Wednesday, the planning committee voted by four to one in favour of giving planning permission. Four other councillors abstained from the vote.

Developers Countryside Renewables plan to install around 200,000 solar panels – enough to generate power for around 15,000 homes. The solar farm will also be the first in the UK to store energy in batteries.

But the plans had attracted over 135 objections about the size of the park and the potential impact on the environment. Amlwch Town Council and two community councils in Llanbadraig and Mechell also opposed the scheme.

The proposals were first submitted to Anglesey Council in February 2016 but a final decision was deferred several times.

Ahead of the meeting, Countryside Renewables warned that rejecting the plans would have cost the council £100,000 as developers had already submitted an appeal to the Welsh Government.