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Paul Shaffer and Bridget Woods-Ballard share the latest thinking on the value of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) in England, encouraging industry contributions to Defra research recommending updates to national SuDS standards.
A consultation has started to obtain stakeholder views on the proposals. Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on each of the six standards and associated clarification statements as well as views on ease of delivery and assessment of the standards. The new standards cover prioritising where runoff should be discharged, the management of both everyday and extreme rainfall, water quality, amenity and biodiversity. The consultation closes on 23rd November.
To make it easier to review the proposals, you can download and review a copy of the consultation document here and then respond to the survey online here.
The results from this survey will contribute to the evidence base for recommendations to Defra on how the NSTS should be updated.
* About the authors: Paul Shaffer coordinates susdrain, CIRIA’s online community for sustainable drainage professionals in the UK. Bridget Woods Ballard is the Catchment & Drainage Team Manager at HR Wallingford.
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