Venue: BEDLINOG SQUARE
Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Howard Barrett, Councillor Gareth Lewis and Councillor Simon Williams.
Declarations of Interest
Members of the Planning and Regulatory Fact Finding Visits are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct.
a. Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest; and
b. Where Members withdraw from a meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave.
No Declarations of Interest were made.
To consider a report of the Corporate Director (Place and Transformation).
Construction of solar photovoltaic farm with associated infrastructure, including access tracks, invertor stations, duo cabinet sub stations, storage room, temporary compound, fencing, security cameras and landscaping.
The Councils Design, Heritage and Conservation Officer was unable to attend due to sickness.
The Committee met at Bedlinog Square and were joined by Elected Members from the Bedlinog Ward and a number of local residents.
The Planning Officer then led the Committee in detail through the:
· Application Site
· Proposed Development
· Planning History
· Policy Context
· Planning Considerations
The Town Planning Division’s Landscape Architect addressed the committee in relation to the proposed development.
Questions were raised in relation to:
· Where would the site access be situated?
· Is the vantage point from Bedlinog Square still an issue?
· Would there be an issue with glint and glare from the panels?
· How high are the panels above the ground?
· Would the 8 week development of the site be a noise nuisance to the community of Bedlinog?
· Would the hedgerows planted on the site be effective?
· Would the development be visible from the Taf Bargoed Millennium Park?
The Planning Committee then travelled to a number of vantage points within Bedlinog to get a better perspective of the proposed development.
Councillor Allan Jones left the meeting at 12.28pm.
Any other business as deemed urgent by the Chair
The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent and closed the meeting by thanking everybody for their attendance.