Sustainable drainage: A tightening regime requiring duty of care

15 Jul 2016

The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 sought to enshrine sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and national standards for drainage across both new and existing property. This was replaced in 2012 by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which has now established consistent rules for drainage on major developments.

The NPPF states that for developments of ten dwellings or more, developers must ensure that SuDS are put in place, unless demonstrated to be inappropriate. Your client may view this and think that if they have to sacrifice 20 houses to accommodate SuDS, then it is inappropriate.

From the policy wording, they must 'demonstrate' ...

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