Driveways

SUDS

Please see below the Environment Agencies' policy on Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS):

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems - our policy

Our adopted policy is that we 'will promote SUDS as a technique to manage surface and groundwater regimes sustainably'.

We recognise the potential benefits of the SUDS approach to drainage in:

  • reducing flood risk
  • minimising diffuse pollution
  • maintaining or restoring natural flow regimes
  • improving water resources
  • enhancing amenity.
  • Primary and secondary objectives

Policy key objectives:

  • primary objective: to establish SUDS as normal drainage practice where appropriate for all new developments in England and Wales
  • secondary objective: retrofitting SUDS on those existing surface water drainage systems which have an adverse effect on the environment.

In recognition of the importance of promoting the SUDS approach across a wide spectrum of the Environment Agency's responsibilities, this policy is sponsored by the Directors of Water Management, Environmental Protection and Operations, and Head of Environmental Quality.

A key action by the Environment Agency in support of this policy has been the establishment of a National SUDS Working Group,which brings together all the principal parties with an interest in SUDS, in order to resolve the obstacles to widespread implementation.

Further information

The full text of the Policy and a supporting Implementation Plan is available as a PDF document.

SEPA has developed a policy for SUDS in Scotland.

  • We are members of these recognised organisations:

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