Sustainable Urban Drainage

Closes 27 Apr 2020

Opened 13 Feb 2020


This Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) lays down good practice procedures for the design of a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS), and gives reference to other documents where more detailed information can be obtained if desired.  It expands current development plan policy and is primarily intended for any interested party seeking guidance on Scottish Borders Council’s requirements for the design of SUDS in the region. 

The SPG is intended to highlight that the disposal of surface water requires early consideration in the development process and provide guidance on the measures and opportunities available to developers to integrate sustainable surface water management into their developments.  The guidance is relevant for all developments where buildings and/or hard surfaces will create run-off and provides a checklist for applicants to ensure the required level of information is submitted as early as possible in the planning application process.

This SPG primarily relates to Development Management issues although it also gives guidance on the requirements of Building Standards, Roads Planning Services, Scottish Water and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The draft Supplementary Planning Guidance on Sustainable Urban Drainage is additional to the Local Development Plan to support the effective implementation of Policy PMD1-Sustainability, Policy IS8 – Flooding and Policy IS9 – Waste Water Treatment Standards and Sustainable Urban Drainage. When adopted this Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) will be a material consideration in the determination of planning applications where a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) is required.

See hyperlink to document down below.

Why We Are Consulting

The consultation provides an opportunity for key stakeholders to have their say and comment on the Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) on Sustainable Urban Drainage. This consultation is open to everyone who would like to comment on the Draft SPG on Sustainable Urban Drainage.

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