Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS)

MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given the Mayor's climate adaptation responsibilities and the risks posed to London from surface water flooding, are you concerned by the Government's decision to remove stricter sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) rules for all new developments, including small-scale developments from the Housing & Planning Bill? Will you lobby the Government to reconsider this short sighted decision?


Answer for Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS)

Answer for Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes I am concerned about this.  It reflects a pattern that the Government has reigned back on powers identified in the 2010 Flood and Water Management Act but has subsequently decided not to enact some parts of that legislation.

Regardless of Government decisions, the positive news is that the London Plan is being successful in delivering sustainable drainage measures which reduce existing rates of surface water run-off and that London Boroughs are also achieving good results in this respect.

Furthermore, officers have been working on a Sustainable Drainage Action Plan which I hope to publish soon. This Plan will seek to create a step change in the amount of sustainable drainage that is implemented across London.