Posted: Tue 25th Jul 2023

Concerns raised over plans for slurry pit near Ceredigion gem Mwnt, following objections to nearby bio-fertiliser lagoon. /
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Jul 25th, 2023

Concerns have been raised at plans to site a slurry pit near to Ceredigion tourism “gem” Mwnt, following recent objections to a bio-fertiliser lagoon planned for nearby.
Applicant Morris Davies of Hafod Farm, Ferwig, near Cardigan, is seeking permission for a 0.249 hectare slurry pit on agricultural land.
Concerns have recently been raised following a nearby plan for a bio-fertilizer lagoon, also at Ferwig, which local Facebook campaign page Save the Teifi says is only two fields away from this application.
Neither scheme has yet been decided by county planners.
The bio-fertilizer lagoon for storage of food industry by-products at Ffynnoncyff Farm, Y Ferwig, submitted by D James of Stepside Agri, would be filled twice a year, involving 200 HGV lorry movements over the winter months.
Agent Llyr Evans Planning Ltd said the lagoon would be used “to provide a dedicated store for a food industry by-product which would be used as an organic based fertiliser on the adjoining land as part of managed arable crop production”.
It also said the store “would also help the businesses comply with the Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) regulations introduced by the Welsh Government which will require winter storage capacity of five months from 2024 and extended no-spreading periods”.
In addition to local objections, the National Trust raised concerns about the latter development, and its proximity to Mwnt, “a gem in the cornerstone of the Ceredigion tourism industry”.
No supporting statement has yet been issued for the Hafod Farm application, but objectors have raised similar concerns to the previous unrelated application, one saying: “Cardigan Bay should be protected and is of huge importance to the tourism industry.”
Another said: “The smell of an open lagoon will be uncomfortable in an area of outstanding beauty as it is close to Mwnt beach.
“I walk the lanes everyday with my dog for my mental health and the lanes leading to this farm are tiny hardly big enough for a van let alone a tanker with no passing places from the Fewrig village and no room for walkers, cyclists etc to be passed at all.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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