Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) manage surface water run-off as close to its source as possible. This reduces the potential impacts and risks of surface water flooding, fluvial and tidal flooding- by reducing the peak flows entering the rivers, the sea and the sewers.
Whether you are a property developer, architect, land owner or planning consultant this complete guide to SuDS and SuDS design and reports sets out to teach you all you need-to-know about how they work and how they can affect your proposed development.
In certain situations, a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDS) assessment is a compulsory requirement at planning application stage. In England, from April 2015, it became compulsory for SuDS to be considered in planning applications for major developments, and Lead Local Flood Authorities quite often request SuDS at planning application stage for minor developments also.
Unfortunately, a lot of the information in this area can be full of jargon or disconnected. Let’s address that, by taking a look at the key information regarding SuDS in a simple and clearly approached way.