SuDS compulsory for new developments in Wales
Fantastic news for Wales as, starting today, all new developments will need to incorporate Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS).
SuDS replicate natural systems that use cost effective solutions with low environmental impact to deal with surface water run-off through collection, storage, and cleaning before allowing it to be released slowly back into the environment.
The new legislation on the implementation of SuDS in new developments comes into force in Wales today (7th January 2019). In summary, going forward:
- All new developments of more than 1 house or where the construction area is 100m2 or more, will require sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) for managing surface water.
- Drainage systems must be designed and built in accordance with statutory SuDS standards.
- Local authorities will become the SuDS Approving Body (SAB).
- SuDS schemes must be approved by the local authority acting in its SAB role before construction work begins.
WWT Consulting has designed and constructed SuDS systems for a wide range of projects; from farms to schools and new housing developments, our designs maximise benefits for wildlife, people and the environment.
Making SuDS mandatory on new developments is a huge step forward to deliver the Welsh Government’s commitment to improve management of their water resources. Hopefully the approach will be widely adopted by other governments soon.