Surface Water Drainage Strategy (SuDS) Reports

Any development in a flood risk zone usually needs a Surface Water Drainage Strategy. So, to support your planning application, we can produce preliminary and detailed Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) reports.

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What is a SuDs report?

A Surface Water Drainage Strategy (SuDS) is a natural approach to managing surface water run-off from your site. SuDS reduces the risk of flooding, prevents water pollution and increases green spaces.

Planning policy states that developments should utilise SuDs unless there are practical reasons for not doing so. It should aim to manage surface water runoff as close to its source as possible in line with the drainage hierarchy:

Surface Water Drainage Strategy (SuDS) Reports
  • Store rainwater for later use

  • Use infiltration techniques, such as porous surfaces in non-clay areas

  • Attenuate rainwater in ponds or open water features for gradual release

  • Attenuate rainwater by storing it in tanks or sealed water features for gradual release

  • Discharge rainwater direct to a watercourse

  • Discharge rainwater to a surface water sewer/drain

  • Discharge rainwater to the combined sewer

A Surface Water Drainage Strategy is usually sufficient however for sites that require Flood Risk Assessments or Detailed Drainage Design, we can carry out a SuDs report alongside these other assessments. This can be arranged as part of a package to ensure cost and time efficiency.

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Benefits of a Surface Water Drainage Strategy report from Your Environment

  • Professional advice about surface water drainage and SuDS

  • All Surface Water Drainage Strategy recommendations are provided in accordance with the latest industry standards

  • We provide a cost-effective drainage strategy to meet the required national and local policies. Many of our drainage services can also be provided as packages to help keep costs down as well as your site development running smoothly

  • Easy to understand, jargon-free reports

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Surface Water Drainage Strategy (SuDS) Reports


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John Helme, Helme & Partners

Need help with a SuDS reports?

Get in touch, call us on 01243 787 150 or fill in the form and one of our team will be in touch, we’re happy to help with any queries.