SuDS guidance is increasingly strengthening across the country, with planning authorities implementing more requirements ahead of development proposals.
We have developed the UK’s first SuDS infiltration map which shows how easy or difficult it is to discharge water into the ground. Armed with this knowledge, property lawyers and their developer clients can make a more informed choice on site acquisition.
SuDSmart is a unique drainage due diligence report that helps determine the best drainage solution, making discussions with planning authorities more efficient. Drainage is integrated with site design at an early stage so there are fewer modifications.
With drainage matters understood at the outset, clients can negotiate on an informed basis and the lawyer can structure discussions on cost negotiation, wayleaves, maintenance obligations with more confidence.
John Bates, Barrister at Old Square Chambers advises:
“You should commission a pre-application SuDS report to ascertain whether SuDS are appropriate or not because this determination has important legal repercussions for your client, including the possibility of your client and its successors in title having a long-term obligation to maintain the SuDS.”