Surf Snowdonia gains planning consent

Simon Donohue

Plans for the Surf Snowdonia inland water attraction in North Wales have been approved by Conwy Council.

The masterplan for Conwy Adventure Leisure's 40-acre development was designed by Planit Intelligent Environments, Altrincham.

It will be built in the Conwy Valley on the site of the former Dolgarrog Aluminium Works, which closed in 2007. The UK's first Wavegarden surf lake will be the main attraction alongside other facilities.

Steve Davies, managing director of CAL, part of the Ainscough Group, said: 'It is excellent news to have received planning permission for Surf Snowdonia and it means we are well on track with our plans to bring surfing to North Wales. We think we will attract up to 75,000 visitors a year, not just surfers but families too."

Pete Swift, director of Planit-IE, said: "This is not a cheap and cheerful water park, it is a world-class surfing facility, able to generate the perfect 2m high wave, day in day out, all year round.

"It will cater for beginners and experts alike. We have some exciting projects on the books – but this is by far the most exciting and in closest harmony with our core values. We can't wait to get the wetsuits on and start surfing."

Work is scheduled to begin in early autumn this year. CAL aims to have the facility open for surfing in late summer 2014.

CAL are also advised by NJL Planning, Colliers International, Regeneris Consulting, TRP Engineers, Brabners and WCP Project Management.

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