Why should you use SuDS?

January 2, 2024

Three Reasons Why You Should Use SuDS

In light of recent news regarding major floods across the UK, it is no surprise that SuDS will be made mandatory for all new housing developments next year as part of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010’s Schedule 3.

For some developers this may raise concerns that valuable land will need to be allocated for these features and may be very costly.

There are, numerous benefits of using SuDS over traditional drainage approaches. For those who are not yet convinced, here are some key Benefits of using SuDS on your sites:

  • User satisfaction – SuDS make sites more aesthetically pleasing and improve the health and well-bring of users by creating green spaces and areas that can be used for recreational, wildlife habitats and other amenities of the development. This can increase the property value and marketability of developments.
  • Reduces flooding – This is obviously the main reason why SuDS should be used. Use of SuDS reduces the causes and impact of flooding within developments typically up to and including the 100 year plus 40% climate change event. SuDS also utilise overland flooding routes meaning storms even greater than this should not pose flood risk concerns to habitable buildings.
  • Removes pollutants and improves ecosystems – SuDS offer several forms of treatment trains that prevent pollutants from entering our natural water systems, hence improving water quality and wildlife biodiversity.

Furthermore, careful design implementation of SuDS can ensure they are fully located within allocated public open space meaning no greater land take is required over traditional drainage approaches.

In conclusion.  SuDS may be mandatory, but incorporating SuDS into new housing projects offer tangible benefits for developers, residents and the environment alike.

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