THE second application councillors were asked to consider was in relation to a 23,367 panel solar farm on land at Kingsland Barton, also near South Molton.
The application will cover 13.02 hectares and generate enough electricity to power 1,650 homes over 25 years.
One person spoke in favour of the application on behalf of the applicant. No one raised any objections from the public.
Despite South Molton Town Council recommending refusal of the application, ward member David Worden spoke in favour of it at the planning committee meeting.
He said: "People like CPRE who are usually quite vocal in the opposition have not spoken against this which is quite interesting."
John Moore, also a ward member for South Molton, added: "It is already in an industrial environment and we have had no complaints at all."
But Richard Edgell, who spoke in favour of the previous application, said he was "speechless" that members were leaning towards approval.
"We have two ward members recommending approval but their town council is saying the visual impact will be too great," he added.
Members voted seven for and seven against the proposal. A casting vote by chairman Eric Ley saw the application approved.