Drainage Engineer Calls for Better SuDS Maintenance Plans

Friday, June 30, 2017

Planning applications should include specific SuDS maintenance plans as well as details of how to prevent major SuDS features from silting up during a development's construction, a drainage engineer has told a CIRIA audience.

While most planning applications include a brief SuDS maintenance plan, a plan for the maintenance of a SuDS scheme during construction is usually completely absent, Gordon Hunt, a drainage engineer for Oxfordshire County Council said recently at CIRIA's headquarters in London.

As the lead local flood authority, the Council will see the flood risk assessments for major planning applications. While the FRAs will often include a "very minimal" two line reference to the SuDS maintenance plans, they rarely contain a SuDS construction maintenance plan despite Hunt's view that this is "essential".

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