Wetter Wales Poses Planning Questions; LETTERS
THE rainfall in Wales has been at its highest since records began twice in the past 12 years - in 2000 and 2012.
Scientists have started to realise that rainwater soaking into ground comes back to the surface if it can no longer drain down. There have been numerous landslides in Wales over the past few months.
When land is developed the new buildings and roads etc cause much more run off of rainwater than if the land was let undeveloped.
The virgin land which originally acted as a soakaway no longer exists. Drainage, therefore, becomes a much greater problem than it has been hitherto.
In the light of the above is it not incumbent on government and developers alike to ensure that land allocated for housing, in particular, is assessed for flood risk before applications are made? Does this throw into doubt any of the plans for LDPs? Do not the standard calculations for likely storm events need to be revised in the light of the more extreme weather we are now experiencing? …