What is SUDS legislation and what does it mean for my driveway or patio installation?
SUDS (sustainable urban drainage system), is UK legislation on how rainwater is dealt with as it falls on a newly installed driveway or patio surface. It is therefore vitally important that anyone considering laying a driveway or patio considers run-off or works with a company that is practised in complying with SUDS legislation.
Sustainable urban drainage systems handle the issue of water run-off and drainage in a more environmentally-sensitive, sustainable way than conventional drainage methods that can contribute to flooding and water pollution. Lawns, beds and soakaway drainage systems and surfaces that allow water to drain through to the earth such as gravel, permeable concrete block paving and porous asphalt are all considered to be SUDS.
Legislation concerning SUDS was introduced in 2008, stating that all new and replacement paving and surfacing over five square metres should either be made of porous materials or should direct run-off water to a porous area or surface nearby. Depending on the material you choose for your new driveway or patio, we may install a soakaway or rain-garden to ensure that your installation meets these regulations.