Tuesday 10 October 2023

Bala Lake Railway Prepares New Planning Application for Extension to Gwynedd

The Bala Lake Railway Trust (BLRT) is working on a new planning application for its proposed extension into the centre of the town in Gwynedd, Wales,  here  The new application will address the seven issues which the planning authority raised when refusing the initial application in April.

Focus Transport posting on the planning refusal here

The good news regarding the previous refusal of planning is that Natural Resources Wales have recently announced that they had modelled the river flows and phosphate input into the Dee, and had issued permits for each Wastewater Treatment Works along the river. 

At the end of September Dŵr Cymru / Welsh Water was able to inform the Trust that the Bala WwTW is actually performing better than the limits set in its phosphate permit. That means that any additional phosphate created by the projected increase in visitors to Bala generated by the extension of the railway could be accommodated within those limits. 

This is a significant step forward and a big hurdle crossed.

Work continues to address the other issues raised by the planning committee, and more information about progress with those points can be found on the Trust website: https://www.balalakerailwaytrust.org.uk

Photos © Bala Lake Railway