The Council encourages the use of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) to manage surface water in a sustainable way.
From April 2015 sustainable drainage is a material consideration in planning decisions. Therefore, the Local Planning Authority in consultation with the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) will:
In all applications for major development, developers or applicants must include a statement outlining the proposed Sustainable Drainage System to be incorporated in the development, along with details for their long term management and maintenance. Note that SUDS are also encouraged with all other applications in line with planning policy.
The SuDS guidance document(pdf, 1364KB) provides advice to developers, applicants, designers, householders and others on how to incorporate SUDS within new developments of all types and sizes.
For further information please see Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA).
Updated: 10 April 2015