People invited to view Tidal Lagoon marine licence application

Natural Resources Wales is asking for people’s views on a marine licence application for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project.

The project proposes building a 9.5 km long sea wall in Swansea Bay, between the Rivers Tawe and Neath, connecting Swansea Docks to the west and the new Swansea University Science and Innovation Campus to the east.

This will house an electricity generating station of 16 turbines as well as a visitor centre and educational and sporting facilities.  

Before they can start work, Tidal Lagoons (Swansea Bay) Ltd, needs licences  for marine energy works and to dredge and dispose of sediment from the seabed - much of which will be used in the construction of the lagoon walls.

Natural Resources Wales will only grant a licence if the applicant can prove that their proposals will not harm the environment, other users of the sea and public health.

If concerns are raised which do not fall within the remit of Natural Resources Wales, they will be directed to the relevant authority.

A spokesperson for Natural Resources Wales, said:

"This is a significant renewable energy development on the Welsh coastline. It is important that that people understand our role with the determination of the marine licence application and have the opportunity to participate and comment.

“We want to make an informed assessment of this application and this consultation helps us to take account of views that we might not otherwise be aware of.

“We value the responses we receive as they help us to ensure any decision we come to is appropriate and robust.”

The application can be seen in full at:

  • Swansea Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN
    (Monday-Thursday: 8.30am to 5pm; Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm; Saturday: 10am to 3pm)
  • Neath One Stop Shop, Civic Centre, Neath, SA11 3QZ
    (Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm; Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm)
  • Port Talbot Civic Centre, Port Talbot, SA13 1PJ
    (Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm; Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm)
  • Oystermouth Library, Dunns Lane, Mumbles, Swansea, SA3 4AA
    (Monday to Thursday 9am to 6pm; Friday 9am to 7pm; Saturday 9am to 5pm; Sunday 12 noon to 4pm)
  • TLSB, Suite 6, J-Shed, King’s Road, Swansea, SA1 8PL
    (Monday to Friday 10.30am to 5pm)

The application will be available for inspection for seven weeks and DVD copies can be obtained from the Marine Licensing Team, Cardiff Permitting Centre, Natural Resources Wales, 29 Newport Road, Cambria House, Cardiff, CF24 0TP or e-mail:

Anyone who wishes to comment on the application should put their response in writing to the Marine Licensing Team at the above address or alternatively by email to: 

The deadline for comment submission is 25 April 2014. The application reference ORDML145 should be quoted in all correspondence.

Before it can go ahead, the project will also require a Development Consent Order (rather than a Local Authority Planning Permission) which will be determined by the Planning Inspectorate.

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