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Plea for anti-flooding law

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Engineers have called for laws to force developers to introduce anti-flood measures when connecting new houses to existing drainage systems.

The ICE is among several bodies backing an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill, which is currently in the House of Lords.

The organisations want the amendment to back up planning guidance intended to enforce use of systems such as sustainable urban drainage systems (Suds). The amendment was tabled by Baroness Parminter, Baroness Young and Lord Krebs.

Flooding expert and former ICE president David Balmforth said: “Flooding is one of the major challenges facing society today, yet we continue to add to the problem by building new homes in a way that makes flooding more likely.

“This does not have to be the case as there is a proven and low cost solution using Suds. We urge the Lords to send the Commons a Bill that will help protect society from flooding.”

The role engineers take in delivering high quality drainage was recognised by major revisions to Suds guidance published last year.

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