Monitor and Evaluate SuDS Planning Policy Effectiveness, says CCC

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The Committee On Climate Change – set up to advise the UK Government – says a process should be put in place for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of planning policy in achieving a high uptake of SuDS in new development within 2 years.

This is just one of a number of key recommendations made in its 2015 Progress Report to Parliament to tackle flood risk and surface water management.  The Report warns the SuDS provisions agreed by Parliament in the Flood and Water Management Act have been “significantly weakened” and that there is no ongoing monitoring at a national level of the uptake of SuDS, nor of the effectiveness of final designs in managing run-off from new developments.  It further warns that who will pay for, and perform, maintenance on proposed SuDS will still need to be decided on a case-by-case basis,with plans shelved if no agreement can be reached

It’s key recommendations include:

Defra should

  • take steps to address the increasing number of homes and other properties expected to be at high flood risk in the coming decades, publishing a strategy within a year.
  • amend in this Parliament the 1991 Water Industries Act in order to remove or make conditional the current automatic right to connect new development to public sewers.

DCLG should

  • by the time of the next report in 2017 make water companies statutory consultees on all planning applications that have implications for the public sewer network.
  • put in place a process for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of planning policy in (i) achieving a high uptake of SuDS in new development and (ii) limiting the paving-over of front gardens with impermeable surfaces.

Ofwat should

  • require each water company to report on the area of  land where above-ground SuDS, including permeable paving, has been installed over the current Asset Management Plan (AMP) period to 2020, as part of delivering the industry-wide commitment to reduce sewer flooding incidents by 33%.

Read the Committee on Climate Change report

 

 

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