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04Jun 2017
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Welsh Government’s consultation on mandating SuDS

Phil Chatfield, Welsh Government   The Welsh Government published voluntary standards for sustainable drainage in January 2016, following a public consultation in 2015. The standards set out principles to be taken into account in designing surface drainage for new developments …

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11Apr 2016
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Infiltration SuDS: Reducing flood risk and creating water resources

Mark Fermor, GeoSmart Information   New mapping shows infiltration SuDS potential is good across 80% of England and Wales, supporting widespread adoption.   Water balance studies demonstrate that SuDS can boost water resources to match the increased demand represented by …

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29Jul 2015
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The SuDS state of play

Anthony McCloy, McCloy Consulting   After a number of years waiting in the wings, the SuDS Standards finally made centre stage, but perhaps now not in the manner that many of us had anticipated. The release of the ministerial statement …

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29Dec 2014
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So who is to blame??

Owen Davies   Government have finally played their cards in relation to how the recommendations from Pitt can finally be laid to rest. Are we actually surprised that the outcome of the consultation is exactly what the questions indicated? Yes …

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19Dec 2014
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The season of goodwill…

Paul Shaffer, CIRIA/susdrain   Yesterday saw the Ministerial Statement from Eric Pickles on the implementation of SuDS, and the summary of the SuDS consultation undertaken in September (consultation document here). The Statement confirmed what many had suspected, that Local Planning …

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16Sep 2013
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Greenstreets@Counters Creek – The ultra-urban SuDS challenge!

Celeste Morgan, AECOM   To what extent can SuDS be retrofitted in a high density urban environment? That question has rung out in the industry in response to a number of great examples being forwarded from the UK and abroad …

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17Jun 2013
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How does a community green up their environment?

Owen Davies, Sustainability Engineer, Lambeth Council   Sunday 9th June was a typical British Summer day, overcast, cold and damp with a gentle North Easterly breeze ensuring temperatures would not exceed 15+, as a family we were considering whether to …

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13Jun 2013
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Doing the Lambeth walk – delivering greener streets in Lambeth (No.5)

Paul Shaffer, Associate at CIRIA and susdrain On May 11 a bright but damp Saturday morning (with the ever present threat of more potential rain) Sustrans and Lambeth Council Green Streets project delivered another community engagement event, this time with …

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31Jan 2013
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Doing the Lambeth walk – delivering greener streets in Lambeth (No. 3)

Paul Shaffer, Associate at CIRIA and susdrain Saturday 26 January 2013 was the third public consultation meeting on the Lambeth Green Streets project. Despite threats of snow and rain we were greeted with a fresh sunny morning for the “drop …

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15Jan 2013
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Communities and Surface Water Management…Can it happen?

Owen Davies, Sustainability Engineer, Lambeth Council In my blog in October 2012, I raised the question of how communities can help deliver surface water management for the LLFA by asking the question of “how can we help?” so what can …

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