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A so­lar farm that could power half the homes on An­gle­sey has been re­jected by coun­cil­lors.

Mem­bers of An­gle­sey Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee last week re­jected plans to in­stall al­most 200,000 so­lar pan­els on land near Rhyd y Groes, Rhos­goch, de­spite it be­ing rec­om­mended for ap­proval.

The re­jec­tion means the ap­pli­ca­tion must come back in front of coun­cil­lors again next month.

Mem­bers of the plan­ning com­mit­tee have pre­vi­ously de­layed mak­ing a de­ci­sion on the ma­jor pro­pos­als, lodged by ap­pli­cant Coun­try­side Renewables (North An­gle­sey), while more in­for­ma­tion was gath­ered.

In a re­port, the coun­cil said: “The pro­posed in­stal­la­tion will in­cor­po­rate ar­rays of free stand­ing, ground-mounted so­lar PV pan­els, which will have an es­ti­mated max­i­mum in­stalled gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity of 49.99MW.

“It will con­nect to the lo­cal elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion net­work and could pro­duce enough elec­tric­ity to power the equiv­a­lent of 15,500 homes on an an­nual ba­sis.

“CO2 sav­ings are sug­gested to be 612,000 tonnes, the equiva- lent of tak­ing 14,000 cars off the road.”

The site would be op­er­a­tive for 30 years.

As part of the pro­pos­als, Ys­gol Sir Thomas Jones Aml­wch Sec- ondary School and Ys­gol Gyn­radd Ce­maes Pri­mary School would ben­e­fit from £300,000 be­tween them.

How­ever, con­cerns were raised about the pro­pos­als by Picture: JONATHAN TRANTER Llan­badrig Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, Aml­wch Town Coun­cil and Mechell Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, who all felt the proposal was too large.

The land is presently used for Picture: TIM IRE­LAND graz­ing and the ap­pli­ca­tion site cov­ers around 90,000 square me­tres.

The lo­cal­ity al­ready houses one of Wales’ old­est wind farms.

The de­vel­oper pre­vi­ously said the proposal would see more than £6m in busi­ness rates paid over the course of the scheme, with 250 con­struc­tion jobs gen­er­ated over the peak six to ninemonth con­struc­tion pe­riod.

Res­i­dents and groups were con­cerned about the size of the de­vel­op­ment

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