Leading scientists to present a new report with guideline recommendations for flood alleviation
New research by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), urges Government to ensure that drainage of surface water into sewers should be conditional on new developments.
CIWEM and WWT will co-present the new report to Government with guideline recommendations to include sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), which reduce flood risk by slowing and storing floodwater using natural processes.
In 2010, Parliament passed a law requiring new developments to include sustainable drainage, but the Government put the rules on hold to save money and speed up house-building.
Martin Spray, CEO of WWT, said “The Government’s freeze on a sustainable drainage policy is a loss for wildlife and a loss for communities.”
The research, which includes the “Big SuDS Survey” of current practice, showed that over 70 per cent of those involved in delivering sustainable drainage do not think current planning policies encourage SuDS sufficiently. The new report argues that this policy freeze has not sped up house building and has put homes at risk, without saving money.