Consultation outcome

Sustainable Drainage Systems: changes to the planning system

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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We received 402 responses to this consultation.

Original consultation


We are seeking views on proposals to increase the number of sustainable drainage systems in England.

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Consultation description

We want to know what you think about our plans to change the current planning system to increase sustainable drainage systems in England.

Sustainable drainage systems slow the rate of surface water run-off and improve infiltration, by mimicking natural drainage in both rural and urban areas. This reduces the risk of “flash-flooding” which occurs when rainwater rapidly flows into the public sewerage and drainage systems.

Published 12 September 2014
Last updated 18 December 2014 + show all updates
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