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Councils question government's commitment to SuDS

A survey carried out earlier this month has found that many local authority flood and drainage specialists do not believe the current government is fully committed to implementing sustainable drainage solutions (SuDS).

The survey, commissioned by sustainable drainage specialist Hydro International, found that 52% of 149 respondents from councils in England and Wales thought the government is “not entirely committed”, while a further 15.5% think it is not committed at all. Only 11.5% thought the government was fully committed.

The findings come in the wake of hints from government that new national standards for SuDS - originally due to be published in October 2012 - will not now be ready until April 2014.

However, there is still considerable concern about the proposed standards themselves, with the Hydro survey finding that 78% of respondents did not think they were sufficiently clear.

Government finished collecting responses to the Draft National Standards in April this year, but has delayed implementation while it decides how to enforce SuDS without loading extra costs onto developers.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Speculators who buy agricultural land and then apply for planning permission should be responsible for the total cost of SuDS.
    The uplift in land value will cover the costs, none of which should fall on council rate payers.
    It would be an early test of whether sites were ecologically and economically viable for development.

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