SuDS dDetention basin in a play areaWell designed SuDS can incorporate many of the aspects that create better places to live, work and play. SuDS deliver value and benefits for an area by enhancing its attractiveness, often improving local quality of life by:


  • using green space to store runoff
  • creating habitat for wildlife
  • creating attractive areas for social and recreational activities
  • using rain gardens in highways to collect and infiltrate runoff, and calm traffic.


By introducing water to the urban environment there is an opportunity to bring SuDS into the public arena, addressing the aspirations of the public for better, cleaner and greener urban environments that may lead to an increase in visitors and contribute to tourism such as nature-based holidays. A potential benefits impact is presented in the diagram below.
Tourism benefits pathway

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