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Wales: SuDS now Mandatory for New Development

As we announced in our previous blog, regulations for sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) for new property developments in Wales come into force today (7 January). The National Assembly passed the Sustainable Drainage (Enforcement) (Wales) Order 2018 and The Sustainable Drainage […]
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Understanding Environmental Constraints on Site Development – A Guide for Architects, Planners and Developers

For architects, planning consultants and their developer clients, understanding the planning approach on contaminated land, flood risk and drainage can be bewildering. We have developed a handy one-stop shop for guidance on your role, policy, assessing site conditions and managing […]
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SuDS: Biodiversity Net Gains could become Mandatory for Developers

The Government is consulting on proposals to place the environment at the heart of new development. This builds on the promises in the legislative updates and the recently published 25 Year Plan. Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) provide a key part […]
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What is a Flood Risk Assessment?

A Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) takes into account the risk and impact of flooding on the site and considers how the development may affect flooding in the local area. It also provides recommendations as to how the risk of flooding […]
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Flood Risk and Climate Change: Developers Must Respond to Greater Uncertainty

The Met Office has provided its first major update on climate change in almost 10 years, warning of significant increases in rainfall, flood risk and coastal sea level rise in the decades ahead. This stark warning means planning authorities and […]
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What is a Drainage Strategy for Planning Applications?

In our last post, “What is drainage assessment”, we considered the main factors that could affect drainage on a proposed site that would need initial risk assessment to inform a more detailed approach to the development’s drainage strategy. Now, we […]
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What is a Drainage Assessment?

Every planning application needs a drainage assessment. These vary considerably between Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) and depend on the proposed size of the development, as well as the sensitivity of the local environment and topography to flooding or drainage issues. […]
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Government Backed Funds to Unlock Brownfield Land Opportunity

Brownfield Land presents a significant opportunity for developers. It is favoured in local plans as priority areas for new build, it revitalises urban centres and prevents sprawl.  But there is also the potential risk of contaminated land based on the […]
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What is a Phase 1 Contaminated Land Risk Assessment?

Contaminated land contains substances that are actually or potentially hazardous to health or the environment. A contaminated land risk assessment is used to evaluate the potential for these to substances to cause harm or damage, consider the level of risk […]
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What are the Stages of a Contaminated Land Risk Assessment?

Contaminated land risk assessment generally follows a phased approach. The investigation and remediation process is usually split into four separate phases or stages: Phase 1 – Desk Study and Site Survey A preliminary risk assessment is required to obtain a […]
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