Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is asking people for their views on a company’s permit applications for a hydro-electric scheme in North Wales.
The applications, by Snowdonia Pumped Hydro Ltd, are to discharge water into Llyn Padarn and Nant y Betws, Llanberis, from a proposed hydroelectric scheme at Glyn Rhonwy.
The company withdrew previous applications after being told by NRW that they had not provided enough information about the day-to-day operation and management of the scheme.
NRW will now carry out an in-depth assessment of the new applications, gathering advice and technical evidence before deciding whether or not to grant a permit.
Dylan Williams, Operations Manager for NRW, said:
“Llyn Padarn is a vitally important natural asset for the area. We will conduct a thorough assessment of the company’s proposals to ensure they wouldn’t cause environmental damage before deciding on whether or not to issue permits.
“Among other considerations, Llyn Padarn’s bathing water is of excellent quality and we will have to be satisfied that this will remain the case.
“We will only issue an environmental permit if we are wholly satisfied that the company’s plans prove they will operate safely, without harming the environment or local communities.”
NRW’s role is to examine the applications and decide whether to grant a permit or refuse the application. We will consider all relevant information raised during the consultation.
The consultation runs until 9 November 2016.
Electronic copies of all documentation can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing the Customer Contact Centre 0300 065 3000.
Anyone who wants to comment on the application must do so in writing (quoting Glyn Rhonwy Snowdonia Pumped Hydro application number PAN 000733 and PAN 000734) to Natural Resources Wales, Permitting Centre (Cardiff), Cambria House, 29 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0TP or by email to email@example.com by 9/11/2016.
Environmental permits are separate from the planning process, which is managed by Gwynedd Council and the Planning Inspectorate.
To operate this kind of facility legally, a company needs environmental permits as well as planning permission.