Welcome to our February e-newsletter
This month we have further strengthened our relationship with the British Geological Society (BGS) through becoming a licensed reseller of their geology datasets.
GeoSmart strengthens Geology Dataset offering for clients
It is clear that many of our clients have bespoke data requirements for their sites, which initial desktop reports can flag up the need to look at in more detail. Equally, clients are also looking for datasets that they can incorporate into their own GIS and land mapping systems in-house, as they prepare development schemes for planning submission.
In response, we are delighted to announce that a new and extensive portfolio of datasets is now available from GeoSmart.
Susdrain Seminar: '2019: A year of change for SuDS'
Our managing director Paul Ellis attended the 20th Project Steering Group meeting for Susdrain on the 20th February. The seminar featured a variety of expert presenters advising on:
- Flood and erosion risk management - Andrew Eden from the Environment Agency presented on this upcoming government consultation which is due to be published for public consultation in the next 2-3 months. Themes of this include ‘Risk ,Resilience and Response in a Changing Climate.’ The strategy aims to support climate change champions to spread the message and support the actions required to prepare the nation for a range of potential climate change scenarios.
- Upcoming government policy on SuDS - SuDS will play a key role in mitigating the impact of climate change. The NPPF was updated in Summer 2018 to strengthen the requirement for SuDS, requiring a high level of proof to justify omission of SuDS schemes for major developments. The relevant Planning Policy Guidance statement is due to be updated to reflect these changes. SuDS are likely to be required in flood risk areas for all types of development.
- Andrew Bird from Anglian Water presented on the challenges and ambitious plans for water management over the region over the next AMP cycle and beyond. Geosmart has been involved in running forecasting studies for groundwater infiltration to sewer systems for a number of water companies including Anglian.
- Wales has seen a significant boost to SuDS with the implementation of Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water management scheme in January, which makes it compulsory for all new developments of more than 1 house or >100m2 to have schemes approved by the SuDS Approval Board. Michelle Johnson and Rhodri Powell of Caerphilly County Borough Council provided some very useful insight into the role out of the new Suds Approval Bodies.
- England is not proceeding with the set-up of SuDs approval boards, however recent initiatives by the Water Industry (WaterUK) has led to the development of Sewers for Adoption 8 (SFA8) which includes provision for adoption by water companies in England of certain elements of SuDS schemes.