March 3, 2015

Explaining basic legislation

SuDS explained

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Understanding Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)

The term ‘SuDS’ is a catch-all for anything that relates to the effective drainage of surface water while minimising pollution and the impact on local drainage services. It can relate to management practices, building materials and new development design.

The need for this legislation has arisen partly because of recent heavy rainfall and also the gradual erosion of natural habitats that would have historically helped to reduce the flooding that occurred due to the rain. Put simply, the increase of paved areas has prevented the natural absorption of storm water into the water table and instead water has flowed at great speed into watercourses, taking all forms of pollution with it.

In essence, SuDS tries to emulate a natural drainage system in several ways:

  • slowing water down before it enters natural watercourses
  • providing areas to store water for evaporation
  • allows water to soak into the ground
  • the use of plants to absorb and then slowly release the water into the atmosphere

The adoption of SuDS in many areas has allowed for new developments where existing sewerage systems are close to capacity.

The impact for you and your driveway is that you have to provide adequate drainage that doesn’t result in water running out of your property and into a public highway or into a local sewer.

All of The New Driveway installations comply with SuDS regulations in one of three ways:

  • Using naturally permeable gravel.
  • Incorporating a gentle gradient, directing rainwater into a purpose built drainage channel.
  • Through the use of innovative permeable paving and foundations.

If you’re at all concerned about the legal requirements when you replace your driveway, give us a call. We’re happy to discuss your concerns and give you objective advice on what you need to do to comply with SuDS in your area.