SuDS changes delayed by Brexit workload, progress report reveals

Policy changes intended to lead to more sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) being put in place have been delayed due to resources being re-prioritised to aid Brexit preparations, the government has revealed.

The government’s flagship 25-Year Environment Plan, published last year, promised a set of actions to increase take-up of SuDS, which include permeable surfaces, storage tanks and ponds, intended to reduce the risk of surface water flooding.

The document said that planning practice guidance would be amended to “clarify construction and ongoing maintenance arrangements for SuDS in new developments”, and that the government would consider changes to the National Planning Policy Framework and building regulations in the longer term to encourage SuDS.

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