Early and effective engagement

Drainage systems considered at the earliest stages of site selection and design are easier to integrate into developments influencing other aspects of the site (ie design, layout and function) and reducing impermeable areas wherever possible.

Successful designs need to consider local policy documents developed by the Local Planning Authority and should take into account the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy, and associated documents (like local SuDS guidance).

Effective early engagement with stakeholders (often at the pre-application planning stage) should also help deliver SuDS in multi-functional spaces such as car parks, footpaths and verges, gardens, landscaped areas, driveways, courtyards or communal spaces. This should improve cost effectiveness and integration within the development producing better places to live.


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