Is government washing its hands of SuDS?

Successive governments have failed to act decisively on sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and only a third of councils’ local plans have adopted arrangements for their ongoing maintenance. Paul Hatchwell looks at the unresolved issues

SuDS pond at Berewood housing development, Hampshire
A SuDS pond in a housing development

In August, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published research revealing that only a third of local plans adopted specified clear arrangements for ongoing maintenance of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). More than 70% of local planning authorities had no monitoring or reporting regime in these plans, rising to 75% for local plans awaiting adoption.

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