Sustainable drainage

A Place for SuDS?

Assessing the effectiveness of delivering multifunctional sustainable drainage


The report is available to download here – A Place for SuDS


Surface water flooding is a growing threat to businesses, critical infrastructure and millions of people across England.

As the Government presses ahead with plans for a million homes, the problem of surface water flooding will increase unless development meets a high standard of resilience. At the moment, though, despite new planning rules, many new homes are built without sustainable drainage. The Government’s current review of SuDS law and policy is a chance to simplify the range of approaches around the country and ensure that new homes are built with natural flood resilience in mind.

This report by CIWEM and WWT sets out new evidence on the quality of sustainable drainage in England and our recommendations for increasing uptake and upkeep of SuDS in a quick, affordable way.






A Place for SuDS? is supported by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES), Landscape Institute, University of Exeter Centre for Water Systems, Susdrain, Future Water Association,  Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA), Cornwall Community Flood Forum, the Construction Industry Council Champion for Flood Mitigation and Resilience, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), WWF, the Angling Trust, Buglife and Salmon and Trout Conservation UK.


Read a blog by our Policy Adviser Laura Grant on ‘Sustainable drainage systems: are we missing out on the benefits?’ here.