Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) offer a nature-based approach to solving drainage issues. They mitigate the effects of rainfall by incorporating grassed and other permeable surfaces, creating rain gardens, or constructing attenuation ponds to decrease the likelihood of surface water or river flooding. These systems capture excess rainfall and gradually filter it into the ground.

Currently, new developments can exacerbate surface and sewer flood risk by covering permeable areas such as grasslands and soil, which would normally help absorb heavy rainfall.

Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) will become mandatory in 2024, according to an announcement by the UK government on 30 January 2023. This decision will enforce Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, requiring SuDS in new developments in England. The move comes after a review by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Flooding, aggravated by climate change, urban development, and overloaded existing drainage systems, poses a growing risk. However, the implementation of SuDS can effectively manage this threat.

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SuDS will have to be incorporated into new developments in England.


Applications for the approval of SuDS on new developments that meet the criteria will have to be made to a SuDS Approving Body, or “SAB”, which will sit within the Council.


SAB approval will be separate from the Local Planning Authority approval.


SAB approval could be subject to conditions and may require a non-performance bond.


Construction works covering an area of under 100 sqm or single properties will be exempt. Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects will also be exempt.


Applications for approval could be made to the SAB directly or through the Council combined with the planning application. A fee will be payable and there will be rights of appeal against refusal.


Advancing Sustainable Drainage Solutions with Ecodeck

The implementation of mandatory SuDS signifies an essential advancement in sustainable construction practices. By incorporating these innovative solutions, developers can create projects that positively impact both the environment and local communities.

At Ecodeck, we provide an extensive range of SuDS solutions that can be seamlessly integrated into your development project. Our team of experts will collaborate with you to ensure your SuDS plan meets your specific requirements and complies with local regulations.

Help and Support

The UK government will offer guidance and support to developers as they navigate the new requirements. For more information, please visit