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Floods legislation

The Government has confirmed measures to improve the way flood risk is handled by announcing a Flood and Water Management Bill.

This legislative commitment was highlighted in the Queen’s Speech to Parliament. Central to the legislation, is moves to clearly define responsibilities for managing all flood risks.

For the first time local authorities would have legal responsibility for surface water flooding, under the new bill.

Other measures mean that Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDs) would have to be considered for new developments to help prevent surface run-off overloading the sewer system.

This bill will help companies comply with  the Code for Sustainable Homes Sur 1 (Surface Water Runoff).