SuDS were first introduced to the English planning system in 2010. National planning policy in England encourages SuDS on all major developments, unless there is clear evidence that they would be inappropriate. However, as of the 7th January 2019, SuDS were made mandatory on all new developments over 100m2 in Wales.
A new report by the Landscape Institute (LI) and Construction Industry Council (CIC) outlines that big changes are needed surrounding SuDS and planning in England. According to the report, 96% of local authorities report that the quality of planning permission for SuDS is either ‘inadequate’ or ‘mixed’. In addition, in 2017, no formal SuDS policies were in place in 25% of local authorities, of which none had plans in place to change this. The research in the report aims to show how current planning policy in England is (or isn’t) leading to successful SuDS schemes on the ground.