Severn Lake project latest plans unveiled
NEW images of the proposed Severn Lake causeway, which includes state-of-the-art turbines, have been released. The one kilometre wide structure could be completed by 2020, if the project by The Severn Lake Company Limited goes ahead. Project founder, We
NEW images of the proposed Severn Lake causeway, which includes state-of-the-art turbines, have been released. The one kilometre wide structure could be completed by 2020, if the project by The Severn Lake Company Limited goes ahead. Project founder, Welsh entrepreneur Gareth Woodham, unveiled the latest plans, which would create a 145,000 hectare lake south of Wales. A 100-metre causeway would be built between Lavernock Point in Wales and Brean Down.Mr Woodham said: "The application is going well but we are bogged down with bureaucracy at the moment but there is no stopping our progress. The planning application is moving forward and is currently with our lawyers. "I am completely committed to the project and getting it built. The only alternative to the causeway is three nuclear power stations, including the one at Hinkley, and I don't want to see that happen. I have laid down the gauntlet now, it's either the lake or nuclear power."The structure, which could cost up to £14 million, would have a lock in the middle to allow ships to pass through and 200 hydro-electric turbines to harness eco-friendly energy. The proposed causeway includes:* Two wave farms on the western side.* Two lock-gate shipping channels. * Four marinas along the length of the structure: Sedgemoor Marina, Weston Marina, Lavernock Marina and South Glamorgan Marina. * A lifeboat station, built to serve the people who could use the lake for water sports. * 12 islands on the central eastern shipping channel for exclusive luxury homes. It could take up to five years for the proposals to pass through the planning process. The project will then be offered to developers. Mr Woodham hopes the lake will be complete by 2020.