Following recent meetings with the developers of the Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay (TLSB) and their consulting engineers the RYA is satisfied that its concerns for recreational boating are being addressed.
Stuart Carruthers RYA Cruising Manager: "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.
We have 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.
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.