Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay
The Health and Safety Executive has received a concern regarding the design of Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon’s impounding wall, specifically it’s rock armour/concrete composition. I am the Construction Inspector who is dealing with the matter.
I would be grateful if you could provide me with a steer as to where in the planning process design issues such as the efficacy, and stability of the lagoon wall structure would be considered.
This will enable me to contact the relevant persons to discuss this matter further.
Statutory parties including the Health and Safety Executive were consulted amongst others, before the application was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate and given the opportunity to influence the design and the many other aspects of the project.
During the pre-examination stage of the process the opportunity was provided for anyone who wished to register by way of making a Relevant Representation to put their case on the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay application. These representations assisted the Examining Authority in identifying the Principal Issues to be examined. Following a six month examination of the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay project which concluded on 10 December 2014, a recommendation was submitted to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. The Secretary of State made the decision to grant the Development Consent Order on 9 June 2015.
Design issues would have been considered by the Applicant and evidence supplied in the application documents, which would have subsequently been examined by the Examining Authority during the examination stage of the process. I have included for your information a link to the Recommendation Report and a link to the Development Consent Order which you may find useful:
Development Consent Order
All application documents; including the Design and Access Statement and Environmental Statement which may be of interest and documents submitted by interested parties and statutory parties during examination are published on the project specific webpage under the ‘Documents’ tab and can be found at the following link:
With regards to the detail you require you may wish to consider contacting Natural Resources Wales as they would be the licensing authority. The certified documents which may also be of interest can be inspected free of charge at the offices of the City and County of Swansea Council, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1 3SN.