THE long-awaited examination of one of Swansea's biggest construction projects ever gets under way in the city next month.
Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay plc is seeking a consent order for its six-mile U-shaped structure between the Tawe and Neath river channels.
A massive amount of work has gone into the £750 million-plus proposal, which has generated huge interest in Swansea and beyond.
Interested parties will converge at the Dylan Thomas Centre on June 10 for a preliminary meeting.
The meeting marks the start of, and is about, the examination process, which can take up to six months, rather than the merits of the application itself. The meeting and subsequent hearings will be chaired by Gideon Amos, lead member of the examining inspector panel, appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles.
The examining authority has drawn up an initial list of key issues it will hear about and discuss at the later hearings, including landscape, seascape, visual impacts and design, impacts on species and habitats, and renewable energy generation.
Swansea Council is currently preparing a local impact report, which must be submitted by July 8. A decision on the lagoon will be made by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey.