JBA presents on review of flood risk planning policy in Wales

The 10th Welsh Planning Conference took place in Cardiff on Thursday 8 June with the topic of ‘Reflections on the journey so far and a view of the journey ahead.’

Since the first Wales Planning Conference in 2008, planning in Wales has been on a significant journey. They have had the first Planning Act in Wales and the Wales Act 2017 has also received Royal Assent, devolving further powers to Welsh Ministers. The Conference looked back at this journey and considered further challenges and opportunities.

The flooding seminar: will you risk it?

We ran two seminars at the conference to outline the findings and draft recommendations from our Welsh Government commissioned review on Technical Advice Note 15: Development and Flood Risk (TAN15).

Our Technical Director, George Baker, presented key findings and evidence from the review to over 50 attendees. Delegates were from local planning authorities, housing associations, private sector and Natural Resources Wales.

Attendees were asked to contribute their thoughts on the draft recommendations through facilitated discussion groups. The level of interest and challenging questioning from these groups came as no surprise given the conflict between flood risks and development pressure for new housing in Wales. Many of the groups contributions, were reflective of the review workshops discussions held earlier in March.

Our Project Manager, Charlotte Beattie, is now working closely with Welsh Government to finalise the review recommendations. We expect the review to be published later this summer. The Welsh Government will consult on proposed changes to TAN15 later in the year.

Mark Cope, Senior Environmental Consultant, was also in attendance at the conference, discussing EIA Coordination and Geoconservation with fellow delegates.

Want to know more?

You can contact George Baker, or look at our Welsh projects, for further information on how we can assist you.

Mark Cope is also contactable for more information on our EIA projects.

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