Consultation on hydro scheme licence

We are inviting people to comment on an application for an abstraction and impoundment licence for a new hydro power scheme in the Conwy Valley.

RWE Innogy UK has applied for a licence to abstract water from the River Conwy to supply its proposed new hydropower scheme at Betws y Coed.

We will now carry out an in-depth assessment into the company’s proposals to find out if the water can be abstracted with minimal impact on the environment – including the designated Fairy Glen Wood SSSI. 

As part of the assessment we will ask the local community and key organisations to provide comments and relevant information.

The scheme would also need further consents from NRW as well as planning permission from Snowdonia National Park Authority.

Sian Williams, Head of Operations North for Natural Resources Wales, said: “The river Conwy is an important natural asset for the area and we’ll be conducting a thorough assessment of the proposals before we decide whether to allow it to go ahead.

“We welcome comments from the local community which may be relevant to the application.”

NRW will hold a drop-in session to discuss the proposals with people at the Waterloo Hotel in Betws y Coed between 3.00-7.00 on Thursday 12 November.

The consultation period will run until 19 November 2015.

Representations about the application can be made in writing, quoting the name of the applicant and reference numbers WPCC3508 and WPCC3510 to Water Resources Permitting Team, Permitting Service, Natural Resources Wales, 29 Newport Road, Ty Cambria, Cardiff, CF24 0TP, or by email to

Any general questions about the licence application can be made by telephone on 0300 065 3000.

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