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Sustainable Drainage: A Place for SuDS?

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Assessing the effectiveness of delivering multifunctional sustainable drainage

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.

Download the full report: A Place for SuDS Read the peer review paper The state of SuDS delivery in the UK in CIWEM’s Water and Environment Journal Read CIWEM Policy Advisor, Laura Grant's piece on ‘Sustainable drainage systems: are we missing out on the benefits?'

Achieving sustainable drainage: a review of delivery by lead local flood authorities

We are pleased to have contributed to the January 2019 report lead by the Landscape Institute and Construction Industry Council examining how lead local flood authorities are working to deliver high quality, multi-functional SuDS. Further to the Defra and MHCLG review of SuDS implementation through the planning system in England, this review took a wider survey of LLFAs into account.

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