VIDEO: Special meeting to debate bay's planned tidal lagoon
EARLY tidal lagoon plans will go before Swansea councillors at a special meeting next week.
The development management and control committee will discuss the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon's formal pre-application consultation report.
It has been put together by Swansea Council in response to the plans to build the lagoon.
The 116-page document says the purpose of the report is to inform members of the consultation in respect of the proposals to design construct and operate the lagoon.
It is also so they can appraise the preliminary environmental report and highlight any issues and suggest improvements in order to help put together recommendations for a response to Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Ltd.
As well as carrying out an internal consultation the council used White Consultants to review the seascape and landscape visual impact assessment. They looked at issues such as whether it was comprehensive and clear enough and whether the conclusions were reasonable and valid.
See how the lagoon might look:
An excerpt says: "The overall sweep of the bay will be disrupted with view of the almost continuous strong sandy strip around the bay being hidden by the rock-faced sea wall which is likely to become a dark grey/black over time. This will reduce the feeling of continuity of the sand strand and remove views of this positive element. Views from Swansea and Mumbles promenade may therefore focus more on the detractive industrial and built development in Port Talbot."
The report also asked whether there was any potential for improve the lagoon design to become a more "pleasing and compact shape". The question follows a point made by the lagoon consultation which said less potentially obtrusive and more elegantly shaped options were not commercially viable.
These are just a few of a number of points highlighted in the report, which also looks at the potential impact on marine water quality and sea life and access. The preliminary environment report is described as well-produced.
It also notes that only one letter of objection and one letter of comment from the Gower Society were received by the council and these will be forwarded onto the lagoon company.
The committee meeting takes place in Swansea Civic Centre on Thursday at 5pm where the report will be discussed in full.