Future trends and infrastructure projects in Wales need to pass a climate change test under new rules coming into force in December.

In a initial step in the UK, developers will have to work with flood risk and coastal erosion maps that have been provided today to show not just the current level of risk but also the risk of climate change.

Flood maps have been developed as a means of analysing the current risk levels and future problems arising from climate change, with the new rules coming into effect in December.

As the National Strategy for Flood and Coastal Erosion Hazard Management in Wales acknowledges, the planning system can serve to support local communities of a greater resilience to the impacts of climate change by locating development in areas close to flood risk.

Developers are required to see the Natural Resources Wales Flood Map for Planning, which sets out four types of flood zone, each with their own set of recommendations.

The Technical Advice Note 15 (TAN 15), as it is called, will be used by the Welsh Government, local planning authorities and developers to divert developments away from flood sensitive areas.

Climate Change Minister Julie James said: “Flooding risk and coastal erosion across Wales are on the increase following climate change.

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The Welsh Office was a department in the Government of the United Kingdom with responsibilities for Wales. It was established in April 1965 to execute government policy in Wales, (wikipedia)


Wales ) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south. (wikipedia)

Welsh Government

The Welsh Government is the devolved government of Wales. The government consists of ministers, who attend cabinet meetings, and deputy ministers who do not, and also of a counsel general. (wikipedia)

First Minister of Wales

The first minister of Wales is the leader of the Welsh Government and keeper of the Welsh Seal. The first minister chairs the Welsh Cabinet and is primarily responsible for the formulation, (wikipedia)