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GeoSmart launches SuDSmart Due Diligence Reports for Lawyers on Sustainable Drainage

GeoSmart Information supports lawyers’ Duty of Care with a unique report to alert land owners and developers to new drainage requirements. GeoSmart has today launched a new pre-application screening report to guide commercial property lawyers on the appropriateness and therefore […]
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New Drainage Guidance for Lawyers Published

Highly respected Drainage Law Barrister highlights important Duty of Care requirements for property and planning lawyers with new drainage guidance. New guidance is released today for lawyers on drainage requirements for new build developments. Local Authorities are implementing stricter planning […]
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House of Lords amend Housing Bill to include sustainable drainage

In its second reading this week, the House of Lords made good its promise to push harder on real reform on flood mitigation for new developments in the Housing Bill. An amendment to the Bill tabled by Baroness Kate Parminter, […]
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Government praises “truly innovative” Natural Flood Protection Scheme

A report from the Environment Agency has conclusively demonstrated the real community benefits of letting nature do much of the work with flood defence protection. The natural flood management scheme near to Pickering, North Yorkshire proved its mettle during the […]
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Flood zones explained

The Environment Agency (EA) has devised a set of flood zones for guidance by developers, councils and communities to explain the probability of river and sea flooding, ignoring the presence of flood defences. Flood zones are shown on the EA’s […]
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House of Lords urge more proactive SuDS guidance

In the second of two consecutive blogs, we summarise the key outputs from the House of Lords National Policy for the Built Environment Committee meeting. Turning to the impact of climate change, the committee was fully behind the need for […]
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House of Lords puts weight behind brownfield first policy

In the first of two blogs, we summarise the recent House of Lords National Policy for the Built Environment Committee meeting. This blog will focus on the key points on the role of brownfield land to meet the housing need […]
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Understanding site viability for development

Brownfield land is often seen as the solution to solving the housing crisis. While Authority planners will give preference to brownfield redevelopment, builders will be rightly concerned that the land could come with a financial as well as physical health […]
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National flood resilience review to consider better upstream water management

Ministers have been forced to bow to public criticism over its ability cope with extreme weather episodes, such as the one which left hundreds of people washed out of their homes in Keswick and Carlisle this month. The result? A major […]
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Cumbria floods: precarious communities need more holistic flood management

Last weekend’s floods across Cumbria and the Borders served as another reminder, if one were needed, that climate change is driving ever more extreme weather patterns to our shores. Our flood resilience was sorely tested and lessons on better modelling […]
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