Sustainable urban drainage systems rules — delays could leave developers high and dry

The government continues to deliberate over how to implement the proposed rules on sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS). Without guidance and clarity on what to expect, developers may be left high and dry as to the costs and requirements come the April 2014 deadline for the implementation of Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

From April 2014 (in England), any construction works that have drainage implications will require approval before construction can begin.

However, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has still not provided the necessary technical guidance to accompany the legislation. The absence of such guidance makes it hard for industry to prepare for the proposed changes…

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