Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), sewer adoption and your land acquisition contract

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By Neil Gosling

Finding solutions to flooding is a matter of high importance for the government, driving changes in the law relating to foul and surface water drainage. This article explores the proposed changes and how they might affect land contracts.

The new procedure for the approval and adoption of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) and surface water drainage strategies is set out in Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (FWMA 2010). It is expected to come into force in the autumn…

The underlying principles are that: there is no automatic right to connect surface water run-off into the public sewer system; any right to connect surface water run-off into the public sewer system is conditional upon the approving body pre-agreeing the SuDS strategy for the development; and no construction work that has drainage implications can be undertaken until the SuDS strategy and design has been approved by the approving body…

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