CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council has issued its first approval notice as a Sustainable Drainage Approval Body.
Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are a new way of managing surface water run-off from buildings and impermeable surfaces by mimicking nature to reduce flood-risk.
The council, a Sustainable Drainage Approval Body (SAB), issued its first approval notice in April – the first in south Wales and possibly the first in the country.
Cllr Hazel Evans, Executive Board Member for Environment, said: “Sustainable drainage systems rethink the way that surface water runs off from buildings and other impermeable surfaces. Instead of moving water away from a development as rapidly as possible, SuDS mimic nature and manage rainwater as close as possible to where it falls.
“This reduces the risk of flooding in watercourses, rivers and combined sewers and helps reduce flooding, supports water quality and reduces pollution of watercourses, improves habitats for wildlife and plants, and generally creates better places to live, work and play.”
New legislation was introduced across Wales in January, requiring all new developments of greater than 100 square metres to use a sustainable drainage system.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s SAB team is assessing the new drainage systems on construction sites across the county.
Anyone planning a new development in Carmarthenshire which could be affected by the new legislation, should contact the SAB team on 01267 228342 or SAB@carmarthenshire.gov.uk for guidance.
Application forms can be found on the SAB page of www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales, together with further information and help.