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05/12/2019

Welsh climate change strategy outlines flood-risk planning measures

Words: Roger Milne
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The latest Welsh climate crisis mitigation strategy, just published, commits ministers to strengthening planning policy to prevent housebuilders from building properties on medium and high-risk floodplains in Wales.

This move includes a proposal to develop a companion guide advising developers, householders and landlords on how homes and premises can be adapted to be resilient to the climate crisis in Wales.

Prosperity For All – A Climate Conscious Wales highlights the administration’s pledge to increase woodland cover by at least 2,000 hectares a year from 2020 to 2030.

Also stressed is the importance of more urban ‘greener infrastructure’. This includes open spaces and networks of habitats, parks, playing fields, allotments, private gardens, grasslands, ponds, rivers, canals, woodland and hedges. It involves street and garden trees.

The strategy points out that green infrastructure can be engineered to form green roofs and walls or sustainable urban drainage, but it can also be part of transport corridors and other links between built-up areas and their surroundings.

Environment minister Lesley Griffiths has promised to promote a renewed focus on the “small things” that can create local, accessible green spaces.

Prosperity For All – A Climate Conscious Wales can be found here on the Welsh Government website.

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