Lammas, a group of people trying to create an eco-village in Pembrokeshire, submitted a planning application for 9 smallholdings and a community hall in June 2007.
Their application was rejected once, twice, but their third application was successful on August 27 2009.
This was the crowd in the courtroom last month.
Pembrokeshire County Council adopted a low-impact policy (Policy 52) that allows new-build eco-smallholdings in July 2006. Lammas' application is the first to be passed under it.
"The planners require that 75 per cent of all household needs must be met directly by land-based means," says the press release. Wow. That's not blended living. Blended would be more like 50%. "Each smallholding has had to be meticulously planned to meet this requirement with a broad spectrum of enterprises ranging from strawberry production to basketry, from smoked hams to furniture making, from woollen crafts to medicinal tinctures."