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20 Nov
Planning Awards 2014

NJL picks up Planning Magazine Accolade for Surf Snowdonia Work

We're delighted to announce that we've received a Planning Award for our work on the Surf Snowdonia project.

We worked alongside developer Conwy Adventure Leisure to help them secure planning consent for their ambitious project to create an artificial lake to house a unique water sports venue.

Planning Magazine's panel of judges saw fit to award our team the Planning for the Environment award and project leader Juan Murray said:

"I'm over the moon that Surf Snowdonia has been recognised nationally for its significant environmental benefits and am immensely proud of our work on this scheme.

"It's been a real pleasure working alongside the project team and I'm honoured to be able to take home this award on behalf of everyone involved."

Steve Davies, managing director at Conwy Adventure Leisure, added:

"The redevelopment of the former Aluminium factory site at Dolgarrog into the World's first Wavegarden artificial surfing centre has been a project of monumental complexity.  The combination of a century's worth of industrial contamination, an ecologically sensitive environment, a flood plain, shallow ground water levels, and the sensitivities of the local people who were still feeling the pain of the closure of the village's principal source of employment, a challenge of quite daunting proportions.

"It is against this background that NJL are to be congratulated for this richly deserved and highly prestigious award.  They can be very proud of their contribution to this literally unique project which will bring significant benefit to the local, regional and national economies."

Sasha Davies, Strategic Director for Economy & Place at Conwy County Borough Council said:

“I’d like to congratulate NJL Consulting on winning this award.  Surf Snowdonia is an important and exciting development for the county borough and wider North Wales region and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to provide advice and assistance to help bring this exciting project to fruition. After all the Conwy Valley area is the heart of adventure !”

 Read more about the award ceremony and the other winners here.

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