Surface Water Statement Requirements

Surface Water Statement Requirements

TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING, ENGLAND

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015

Made – – – – 18th March 2015

Laid before Parliament— 24th March 2015

In force – – 15th April 2015

April 2015 saw strengthening of planning policies on the provision of sustainable drainage resulting in the requirement for a Surface Water Drainage Statement for all major planning applications. This should be taken into account right at the design stage of any project and we at Ecogrid and RainCatcher can help achieve the desired result specified set out in the paper.

In short what the desired outcome is that surface water run-off will be controlled as near to its sources as possible, either on or near to the site, so when we get a down pour the site can cope with the volumes of water being produced. This can be done in many ways, including the use of Ecogrid permeable paving or the RainCatcher 50:50 storm water attenuation and re-use system as seen on the leaflet shown here.

When SuDS systems are used, there is a need to establish that the options chosen are feasible, will be effective and can be properly maintained where applicable without leading to any other environmental issues down the line.

If all options of sustainable water management have been exhausted without success and disposal of rain water to the public sewer is unavoidable then local authorities will need to establish if the public sewer in question has adequate spare capacity to accommodate the proposed additional flow.

Any questions relating to the order can be directed to the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) and anything related to potential solutions can be directed to sales@raincatcher.co.uk or sales@ecogrid.co.uk