Defra Will Consider Regulatory Changes to Encourage The Implementation of SuDS

Michael Gove as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has responded to a question by Neil Parish MP stating that the Government will consider changes to the national Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and building regulations to accelerate the uptake of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS). 


Through collaboration with the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government to deliver the actions outlined in Defra’s 25-year Environment Plan, likely measures include “tightening links with planning guidance for water quality and biodiversity” and modifying planning practice guidance to define construction and maintenance arrangements for SuDS in new developments.


Mr Gove also says Defra will support promotion of SuDS by Water UK through revision of guidelines for adopting drainage assets, standardising the water industry’s approach to the adoption of SuDS, which is planned for publication in April 2018.


External Sources

Environment Analyst Development+Infrastructure Brownfield Briefing, February 2018