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NPPF Revision: Better Designed Homes, More Sustainable Impact

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has been revised by the government. It is designed to give Councils the authority to challenge poor quality and unattractive development. They seek to get homes built in the right places in a way […]
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Sewers for Adoption: SuDS at the Heart of New Development

Water UK has just released the 8th edition of Sewers for Adoption, providing clearer guidance for developers on what Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) can be adopted. Its publication marks a significant moment in the history of SuDS and could lead […]
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Susdrain Awards: The Best in SuDS Design

We were delighted to attend the annual Susdrain Awards in London this week, as part of our commitment to supporting and recognising the best in SuDS design. Susdrain is a community that provides a range of resources for practitioners involved […]
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Surface Water Management Plan: Better Mapping and Data is Key

The Government this week released its Surface Water Action Plan, aiming to tackle surface water flooding which affects up to 3.2 million properties in England. It seeks to bring our preparedness more closely into line with that from main rivers […]
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SuDS in Wales: Mandatory Implementation set for January 2019

Following a series of consultations on Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), the Welsh Minister for Environment has now signed the Commencement Order. This brings Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 into force in Wales. From January 7 […]
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Double Trouble: Two Shropshire Floods in Two Days

Shropshire bore the brunt of two severe flash floods that came in quick succession to the county affecting town and countryside alike. We review events and show that flooding is not all about rivers. The plume of humid, moist air […]
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Basement Groundwater Flood Risk: Key issue for London Planning Applications

Recent research by Newcastle University has revealed the dramatic increase in planning applications for basement developments in West London. But could these huge investments be affected by growing groundwater flooding risk in the future? From 2008 to 2017, some 4,650 […]
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GeoSmart shortlisted for ESRI Customer Success Award

A live GWFlood web map. Example web map can be accessed from this link. We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Esri Customer Success Award in the Operational Awareness category for our groundwater flooding forecast service, GWFlood. Now into its third […]
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Groundwater Flooding – Early Alerts for Winterbourne, Dorset

Groundwater flooding in parts of Southern England provided a final, disruptive signature on what has been another challenging winter.  We review a specific event, showing how it was tracked to provide communities with the best preparation possible. The Winterborne Valley […]
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Understanding Sewer Flood Risk from Groundwater

The Water UK Sewerage Infrastructure Network has launched an excellent, informative video for the general public and practitioners on the impact of groundwater flooding on the sewer network. The video explains how groundwater collects in vulnerable parts of the UK, […]
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