barrage developer 'in talks with council over new islands plan'
developer behind plans to build a Severn barrage between Brean
Down and Wales says he has begun discussions with Sedgemoor District
Council over proposals to construct a dozen new islands in the
a visit to Burnham this week, businessman Gareth Woodham (pictured)
told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the barrage project is "still
very much alive" and that he has been assured the government
is still interested in the multi-billion pound project.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The latest position is that the
government does not currently see a strategic case for itself
to own a barrage project. However, it is open to considering proposals
for privately-funded schemes provided they are viable, cost-effective
for energy consumers, and environmentally responsible."
added that his proposed Severn Lake barrage scheme would include
the construction of 12 new islands for leisure use.
am holding meetings with the landowner and have been in contact
with Sedgemoor District Council over the island proposals,"
he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
12 'Woodham Islands' would be built on the inside of a relocated
energy wall and would comprise eight commercial islands for tourism
and fishing plus four private islands."
added: "The islands would be 1-2 acres in size and feature
self-sufficient wind and wave power plus private harbours and
timber construction lodges. I
expect building and construction would run parallel with the energy
causeway and will start around 2015."
added that a design and construction competition is expected to
be held this autumn.
Woodham previously considered building an airport on the barrage,
which was later shelved.