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FURTHER information and discussions with planning officers will be had before a decision is taken on a Bow Street affordable dwelling application.

Members of Ceredigion County Council’s development management did not want to go against the officer recommendation and approve an application for an affordable dwelling at Banc y Pennau but also felt there would be a way to see it given the go ahead.

Cllr Dafydd Edwards argued that it was another application that “falls between two stools” with the applicant not quite meeting rural enterprise or affordable housing criteria.

Local member Cllr Paul Hinge gave his support for the application for a “local lad” who had developed his business in groundworks/agri contractor as well as a livery for six horses on a site that had previously been an eyesore

He had worked away with the MOD to raise the money to buy the site and wanted to set up home there with security of the business a concern.

Building an affordable home is an opportunity in his “price bracket” and free up an ex-local authority property when he moved in, the committee heard.

Cllr Dai Mason agreed that similar applications had been granted permission as he highlighted the good work the applicant had done for the site.

The committee agreed that further discussions be held with planning officers about the rural enterprise business criteria and evidence required, as well as details relating to affordable housing need, and the application was deferred with power to approve.

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