CIRIA announces new SuDS and SABs facilitation workshops to help local authorities prepare for legislative change

Posted: Monday 16th April 2012

CIRIA, the construction industry information association, has announced a range of new SuDS and SAB facilitation workshops in a bid to help local authorities prepare for legislative changes.

The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 introduced a range of new responsibilities for local authorities around sustainable drainage systems (SuDS). With the schedule relating to SuDS likely to be enacted later this year, lead local flood authorities will become responsible for setting up SuDS Approval Bodies (SABs) which evaluate and approve SuDS in new developments as well as adopt and maintain SuDS serving more than one property.

The one-day facilitation workshops will help local authorities prepare for their new responsibilities of approving, adopting and maintaining SuDS schemes to meet the draft national standards for sustainable drainage, which are currently being consulted on.

Commenting, Mr Richard Wills, Executive Director, Lincolnshire County Council, said:

“It is crucial that local authorities are equipped with the skills that they need to tackle these vital legislative changes.

“These workshops will make an important contribution to providing practical guidance that will work on the ground.”

For more information about SuDS and SABs facilitation workshops or to book an in-house session, please contact Nipa Patel on 020 7549 3300 or email

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