Following recent meetings the Royal Yachting Association is satisfied that its concerns for recreational boating are being addressed

Following recent meetings with the developers of the Tidal Lagoon

Swansea Bay
(TLSB) and their consulting engineers the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is satisfied

that its concerns for recreational boating are being addressed.

Stuart Carruthers RYA Cruising Manager said: ‘Whilst undoubtedly the

project will bring many benefits to the Swansea community and will

enhance watersports activities and opportunities we are keen to ensure

that cruising boaters and those using the marinas in the rivers Tawe and

Neath are disadvantaged as little as possible by the development if it

receives consent.

‘We have had a detailed discussion about our concerns with the

developer and we are satisfied that they are understood and will be

addressed as best they can.’

The RYA was particularly concerned that increased siltation might

affect navigable depth in the rivers, channels and marinas, that there

were insufficient measures proposed to prevent collision with the

structure, and with the potential effects of the tidal turbines and wave

reflection on cruising boats.

The national governing body for all forms of boating said it had agreed in a statement of common ground with the developers

that they will implement additional monitoring measures and protective

provisions in order to manage any increased siltation effects that might

arise from the project.

The structure will be clearly lit/marked and charted in accordance with Trinity House requirements.

The RYA is satisfied that the lagoon seawall and the effects of wave

reflection has, as far as practically possible been reduced by its

design. Dolphin piles, safety barriers and emergency shutdown procedures

will be put in place which will address our concerns over effect of the

tidal turbines.

Timeline

TLSB’s application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the

Project was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 7 February 2014

and accepted for consideration on 6 March 2014.

The public examination

of the application began on 10 June 2014 and will run for a statutory

maximum of six months. 

Further information about the planning process is available on the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay website, and the application documents are available here and on the Inspectorate’s website.

Pictures: Artist’s impressions of the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay scheme.