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Planning changes aim to promote Suds schemes

Ministers have announced plans to change the planning system to encourage more use of sustainable drainage systems (Suds).

They have launched a consultation on proposals to set an “expectation” that Suds will be provided in new developments of 10 houses or more or equivalent size.

This is the latest attempt to follow up Sir Michael Pitt’s review into the 2007 floods, which said that Suds were an effective way to reduce the risk of flash flooding.

Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “My department has worked closely with the Department for Communities and Local Government to explore options to use the existing planning system to deliver effective and well maintained sustainable drainage systems.

“We have sought an approach which meets Sir Michael’s recommendations, enables a rapid roll-out of sustainable drainage solutions at a local level and allows local planning authorities to best address site-specific local surface water runoff management concerns.”

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