Philip Box, Public Affairs & Policy Adviser at UK Green Building Council said:  

“We and our members are pleased that the Government has accepted the recommendations of its review into mandating sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) across new developments in the UK.”

“As one of more than 40 experts who wrote to the Prime Minister to recommend this move, we welcome the Government’s commitment to normalising drainage principles that protect both natural and built environments.”

“Well-designed sustainable drainage is widely recognised as the best way to manage flooding risks and pollution overflows – both serious challenges to communities that will worsen as our climate changes.”

“With a wide range of potential benefits ranging from biodiversity gain to improved air quality, we look forward to further details arising from the Government’s consultation.”

Read more about the positive role that sustainable drainage systems can have in our towns and cities in last year’s report, The Value of Urban Nature Based Solutions here.