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  • London Sustainable Drainage Proforma Launched 
  • Welsh SuDS Regulations
  • Get ready for Sewers for Adoption 8

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Latest blog posts

What are the Benefits of SuDS for Developers?

As a supporting member of Susdrain, we recently attended the 20th Project Steering Group meeting (RP1079) in London. One of the key discussion points concerned how the wider benefits of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) were being explained to the developer community.

We have a key role in connecting best practice with industry and to dispel the myth that the imposition of a SuDS condition can render sites economically un-viable.

New Government Flood Risk Planning Assessment to 2065

The Environment Agency (EA) has published a new economic assessment to aid planning for flood risk management over the next 50 years.

The assessment incorporated new climate change, population and mapping data to set out potential future scenarios to aid planning for flooding and coastal risk management over the next 50 years.

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Welcome to our April e-newsletter

London Sustainable Drainage Proforma Launched 

As of 1st April, all London Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) now require planning applications to include a completed version of the London SuDs Proforma. The proforma is intended to ensure that key information is provided with the initial planning application, reducing the need to request additional information throughout the assessment process and preventing delays in approval.

We have a strong track record in assisting architects, planning consultants and developers achieve Local Authority and LLFA acceptable standards for flood risk management and sustainable drainage. Our drainage reports help our clients understand the best land management strategy and can be used in conjunction with our flood risk (FRAs) and contaminated land reports. 

Welsh SuDS Regulations

Recently we have had an increasing number of enquiries related to proposed developments in Wales, where the Local Authorites have requested stringent information on the proposed SuDS features on Site. 
Mandatory requirements began to be implemented in January this year, prohibiting the commencement of any construction work which has drainage implications until a SuDS system has been approved by a SuDS Approving Body (“a SAB”).
GeoSmart published a detailed blog post on the new regulations earlier in the year, and are happy to help with any queries you may have. 

Get ready for Sewers for Adoption 8

Sewers for Adoption (currently on its 7th edition) contains guidance for the design and construction of sewers that will be adopted by Sewerage Undertakers in England and Wales in accordance with Section 104 of the Water Industry Act 1991. SFA 9 is expected to come into effect by mid-2019 as part of the sector’s implementation of the Ofwat Code on Adoption Agreements. The ultimate power of approval for the document as part of the adoption code rests with Ofwat but when the new guidance does come into effect, it will be the only guide to the standards that sewers must meet if they are to be adoptable by water and sewerage companies in England.

Site Assessment Reports from GeoSmart


Could the Site be potentially contaminated?

Phase 1 Contaminated Land Surveys for planning applications, building regulations and property transactions


         Could flood risk affect the

Flood Risk Assessment Reports to support planning applications, property transactions, planning consultants, the legal market and insurance


Is the site suitable for sustainable drainage (SuDS) features? What           strategy could be needed?

Sustainable Drainage Reports (SuDS) for planning applications and property transactions

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