Mease SuDS Conference highlights the benefits of multi-functional SuDS Schemes

Over fifty delegates joined the Trent Rivers Trust and Natural England for a ground-breaking conference highlighting how the integration of high quality SuDS schemes can deliver many benefits for the river environment.

Delegates from housing developers, design companies, Local Lead Flood Authorities, water companies and environmental charities heard from some of the leading experts on SuDS scheme design and implementation at the Priest House Hotel on the banks of the River Trent.

An exciting agenda included Sue Illman, Managing Director with Illman Young who explained the process behind the design and implementation of SuDS schemes to ensure they can be seamlessly integrated into developments.

Dave Norton from Bob Bray Associates gave examples from their portfolio of exciting SuDS projects demonstrating how SuDS can provide more than simply a flood storage facility by delivering clean water and offering an attractive landscape feature.

Roger Nowell of Sheffield City Council set out the innovative approach the council takes to delivering SuDS on challenging affordable and social housing schemes in the city. The council has formed a housing company with a local developer and a housing association to ensure environmental benefits are a primary consideration within any new proposal.

Ian Butterfield outlined the significance of the River Mease catchment and why high quality SuDS schemes are key to protecting the conservation importance of the river environment.

Hannah Hogan and Victoria Coombes from Staffordshire and Leicestershire County Council spoke from the Lead Local Flood Authority perspective, setting out what they are looking for in a SuDS design as part of new development proposals.

For those wanting to know more about SuDS and the Mease catchment, please take a look at the documents below which provide more information and best practice guidance.

Natural England’s documents are: River Mease Standing Advice, River Mease Citation and the River Mease SAC COSA Update

Other documents include:

Staffordshire County Council SUDS handbook here

Evidence base for maintenance of SUDS features by SUSDRAIN here

Ciria SUDS manual here

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