Mitigating the impact of new developments through SuDS

01 May 2017

New housing developments that contribute to the risk of flooding are still being built, according to the Commons Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee.  It says that guidance on the use of SuDS (sustainable drainage systems) in which developers create features catching heavy rains, needs to be tightened to reduce significantly the potential for developers to opt out from installing schemes on cost or site-practicality grounds.

Essex County Council’s Floods Team is talking to developers every week about how SuDS work and the way to get the best use out of the service. The team processes over 500 development applications per year.  The Pre Application Service gives developers up-front advice which results in a 90% approval rate subsequently from the SuDS team.

John Meehan, Head of Environment and Flood Management said, “We are looking for good quality planning applications which actually reduce the risk of flooding and by offering our Pre Application service we can ensure quality and speed up applications which is good for the Essex economy.”

To apply online for pre-application advice visit the Flood Team Website

To find out more about SuDS email suds@essex.gov.uk or call 03457 430 430 and ask for the Floods Team.