West Berkshire Council

Consultation on Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) underway

West Berkshire Council is currently consulting on a draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for sustainable drainage systems (SuDS).

2018 - Image of a Sustainable Drainage System

Consultants on behalf of West Berkshire Council have produced a pdf icon draft Sustainable Drainage Systems Supplementary Planning Document [1Mb]*.

SuDS are a way of managing surface water by using natural processes rather than the traditional approach of channelling water away quickly through underground drains.  Examples of SuDS techniques include filter drains, ponds and wetlands, swales, rain gardens and pervious paving. As well as controlling the quantity of water, SuDS measures also provide opportunities to create new wildlife habitats, remove pollutants from water and improve the amenity and attractiveness of new development.

SuDS are now compulsory in all new developments of ten homes or more and encouraged on smaller sites to reduce the cumulative effect of small scale developments. The draft SPD sets out how the council expects SuDs to contribute to sustainable development and outlines the design principles and standards required to deliver good quality SuDS in West Berkshire. It is primarily aimed at developers, consultants and planning officers and has been developed in consultation with stakeholders.

If adopted, the new document will supplement council policy and supersede current council guidance on SuDS.

Councillor Hilary Cole, West Berkshire Council's Executive Member for Planning, Housing and Waste said:

"I am delighted with this SPD. It provides a framework for designing good quality SUDS and looks at how to maximise amenity and biodiversity benefits, whilst delivering the principal objective of reducing flood risk. The key message is that SuDS should be designed to maximise the multiple benefits that will improve the quality and sustainability of all new developments in West Berkshire."

The consultation closes at 5pm on Monday 23 July 2018.

Please submit your comments using the Local Plan Consultation Portal.

You can also complete a doc icon response form [93kb] and return it to the Planning Policy Team.

Following the close of the consultation comments will be reviewed and any required amendments will be made. The SPD will then be adopted at a meeting of Full Council later this year.

If you have any queries about the content of the draft SPD, please contact our Drainage Team. Queries about the the consultation process should be directed to the Planning Policy Team.

*Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) are material considerations in the planning process. They provide further information and additional detail to policies within the Local Plan.