Sustainable drainage compulsory from next year
Sustainable Drainage Systems, or ‘SuDS’, will become mandatory for new property developments in Wales from next year, following regulations introduced by the Welsh Government.
SuDS make use of landscape and natural vegetation to control the flow of surface water and reduce the risk of flooding. Designs can include ponds, permeable paving and swales, which slow down the discharge of surface water more than conventional piped drainage.
Surface runoff water can also be a major source of pollution, both directly and from overwhelmed sewers discharging into rivers. SuDS are designed to improve water quality while being more resilient and longer lasting than conventional drainage.
As part of the regulations, ‘SuDS Approving Bodies’ or ‘SABs’ will be set up within every local authority to approve drainage plans. The SAB or local planning authorities will have powers to issue enforcement notices to a developer who breaches the requirements. Developers will have a right of appeal to Welsh Government against the decision of a SAB.
The Environment Minister, Hannah Blythyn, yesterday said:
“Surface water flooding can have a devastating impact on communities and our economy. The recent flooding we’ve seen in parts of Wales have underlined the need to adapt to the challenges of climate change.
“Around 163,000 properties in Wales are at risk of surface water flooding. Employing sustainable drainage systems are estimated to reduce flood damage by up to 30%.
“Until now, the uptake of SuDS has been low. These regulations will help reduce flood risk and improve water quality, while also introducing homes for wildlife within new housing developments.”
Latest News from
‘We must seize the opportunity of record levels using technology to learn Welsh in lockdown,’ urges Eluned Morgan at virtual Eisteddfod AmGen03/08/2020 14:05:00
Welsh Language Minister Eluned Morgan has urged record numbers of digital Welsh learners to take part in this year’s virtual Eisteddfod AmGen.
Family and friends at the heart of new coronavirus regulations31/07/2020 15:10:00
New rules will come into force on Monday to make it easier for family and friends to meet outdoors, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced today as he set out further changes to the coronavirus regulations in Wales.
New coronavirus guidance to support providers of higher education and further education in Wales31/07/2020 13:15:00
The Welsh Government has today published updated guidance to support higher education, further education and work based providers as they continue to prepare for the autumn term and beyond.
Securing the future of Wales’ culture sector31/07/2020 11:05:00
The Welsh Government is investing £53 million to help Wales’ diverse culture sector deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, has announced.
Joint statement by the UK Chief Medical Officers – extension of self-isolation period31/07/2020 09:05:00
Joint statement from the 4 UK Chief Medical Officers on changes to the self isolation period.
Actions to support Welsh food and drink industry recovery from impact of Covid19 published30/07/2020 16:05:00
A series of priority actions to support Wales’ world class food and drink industry recover from the impact of Covid19 have today [Wednesday 29 July] been jointly published by the Welsh Government and the Food and Drink Wales Industry Board.
Consultation launched on plans to reduce single use plastics in Wales30/07/2020 14:05:00
The Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn, has launched a consultation on the Welsh Government’s proposals to ban a range of single use plastic items.
Drink Drive Rehabilitation scheme to resume online30/07/2020 11:05:00
The Welsh Government has confirmed that people wanting to complete the Drink Drive Rehabilitation Scheme will be able to complete the programme entirely online, on a temporary basis.
Call for UK Government to play its part as Global Centre of Rail Excellence moves closer with business case and initial planning consent30/07/2020 09:05:00
Plans for a world leading rail testing centre in South West Wales have progressed further, with the submission of an Outline Business Case as well as local approval for the land.