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10May 2019
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Government’s latest review of sustainable drainage: a box-ticking exercise reinforcing a suboptimal state of affairs?

Dr Tudorel Vilcan and Dr Karen Potter, Urban Flood Resilience   The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) review of current planning policy for sustainable drainage (SuDS) in England has recently been published – but we question whether …

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10May 2019
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Somerset SuDS Review

Daniel Martin (Somerset County Council) Anna Beasley (JBA Consulting)   Introduction   The widely publicised flooding in Somerset in 2012 and 2013/14 led to a great deal of discussion on the impact of development on downstream flood risk and how …

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10Apr 2019
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Why do we need SuDS Champions?

Louise Walker, CIRIA   Champions are those people who make things happen. They are inspirational to others. They understand challenges and limitations and overcome them. They don’t give up and they show what can be achieved – sometimes with a …

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01Apr 2019
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Back to the Future

Owen Davies, Royal Borough of Greenwich   29th September 2018 I was on Orkney thinking how was I going to spend my 6 hours on the Island, how was I going to keep myself entertained, I mean the main island …

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25Feb 2019
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What are the three most important requirements for good SuDS construction?

Steve Wilson, EPG   Communication – Communication – Communication   Communication is often lacking in the construction industry, but this is normally the root cause of most construction problems.   Designers need to be able communicate their design – as …

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28Jan 2019
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The Blue-Green Path to Urban Flood Resilience

Emily O’Donnell, Nottingham University   Overcoming barriers to the widespread implementation of blue-green infrastructure and SuDS is challenging, particularly as many are systematic and embedded within organisational cultures, processes, policy and practices. Nonetheless there are many examples in the UK …

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20Dec 2018
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Don’t overlook innovative SuDS

Paul Hurcombe, Severn Trent   Whilst we are all looking to identify opportunities to incorporate multiple benefit SuDS features within our flood alleviation schemes we need to be mindful that we don’t overlook opportunities to be innovative with existing infrastructure …

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17Oct 2018
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Greener Grangetown – so much more than just drainage?

Paul Shaffer, CIRIA   Last week saw the official launch of Greener Grangetown in Cardiff. CIRIA’s susdrain project was lucky enough to have a preview in September, when we had a tour of the ground-breaking scheme.   It’s an ambitious …

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18Sep 2018
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susdrain – Why do we support it and why are we Partners?

  Written by Phil Gelder BSc DMS CEng MICE – Richard Allitt Associates Ltd   SuDS are designed to replicate as closely as possible the natural drainage from a site before development. It is accepted that SuDS reduce the potential …

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29Aug 2018
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Banging on about SuDS until the whole world listens…

Chyrse Tinsley, Landscape Planner, Leicester City Council   It was a joy and a surprise to be voted the first-ever susdrain SuDS champion at their SuDS Awards in July 2018. It’s about more than just quality; it’s about the friends you …

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