Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems

Were passionate about the environment and sustainable drainage. It’s really important to think about where your water is going and why isn’t it draining on your land when it can? What are the implications of it not?

It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but we know what we’re doing if it is.

Being Sud’s trained back in 2013 we started specialising in permeable driveways around then. The whole principle of permeable paving is to let the rain/surface water permeate into the paving area as a whole, rather than collecting into a surface drain and then soaking away.

This is a much more sustainable way of looking at drainage and minimises the risk of flooding or failing drains that can’t cope, especially in already well built up urban area’s.

The government have now forced this type of planning on all new developments as well as introducing the sud’s regulations as below.

On 1st October 2008 new rules apply for householders wanting to pave over their front gardens. This legislation states that driveways must have adequate drainage if there is any possibility water is able to run onto public paths or highways.

However, You will not need planning permission if a new or replacement driveway of any size uses permeable (or porous) surfacing which allows water to drain through, such as gravel, permeable concrete block paving or porous asphalt, or if the rainwater is directed to a lawn or border or to a purpose built soakaway.


Permeable Paving S.U.D.S case studies