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Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) planning advice

Since the introduction of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, there have been discussions amongst the various stakeholders about the implementation of Schedule 3 of that Act. Government announced on 18 December 2014, that Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) will be delivered for all major development will be delivered through the planning system as of 6 April 2015.

As part of this change, the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 has been amended making Surrey County Council in its capacity as Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), a statutory consultee on surface water management drainage issues for all new major developments.

Working in partnership with the eleven local planning authorities in Surrey, we have prepared an advice note to support planning colleagues, developers and their design team in meeting the new requirements. The following documents are available to download and we would recommend that those are taken into consideration before submitting a planning application for major developments. We would also recommend that those be considered as best practice for other types of development.

Surrey County Council also offers pre-application advice to help you submit the best surface water drainage strategy possible; full details and applicable fees are available in the attached document.

For guidance for integrating master planning sustainable drainage into developments see Water People Places document prepared by the Lead Local Flood Authorities in South East England which include Surrey County Council.

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Files available to download