North Wales Sustainable Drainage FORUM


The North Wales Forum was launched in September 2005 with support from local authorities (Wrexham, Denbighshire, Conwy, Gwynedd, Flintshire, Isle of Anglesey and Powys), Environment Agency Wales, Welsh Government, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and the Home Builders Federation.  Our aim is to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to discuss issues and challenges around SuDS applications, to find common solutions, and to keep abreast of good practice and changes in policy, practices and research.  We also provide a vehicle for dissemination of best practice.  We are represented at the Wales SuDs Group and have strong links with the South Wales Forum and the CIRIA Local Authority Network for Drainage and Flood Risk Management (LANDFoRM). 

The North Wales Forum meets 4 times a year with regular information exchange between members.  External speakers attend our meetings to talk on relevant topics including SuDS Products, Water Framework Directive, and SuDS case studies.

We recognise the need to support planners and developers to incorporate sustainable drainage within the spatial planning process.  To help them assess if SuDS can solve their drainage needs we have developed a user friendly SuDS checklist tool.  This provides planners with a list of requirements for the developer at the pre-application stage.  The tool has been tested and adopted across Wales and is available on this website.

The forum has initiated pilot studies on integrated drainage in the region; in Prestatyn and Llangefni and at a number of SuDS exemplar sites, like Parc Cybi and Warren Hall Business Park.  Search the North Wales SuDS sites on this website for more detail.

You can contact the Forum and view details of our activities through this site.