Sustainable drainage

The SPD addresses sustainable development across Bedford Borough by defining the requirements for the implementation of SuDS as part of future local development. 

The SPD provides a framework to promote sustainable development within Bedford Borough through planning standards and objectives set out in the document. 

The aim of the SPD is to outline the requirement of SuDS within developments, identify the information required to validate and support a planning application, and provide a benchmark for Bedford Borough Council to assess such applications against the standards contained within the SPD.

The Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) SPD was adopted by the Council’s Executive on 13 February 2018.

Bedford Borough Council as the LLFA will need to be satisfied that all relevant proposed development(s) meet national and local policies, whilst the standard of operation is in line with national SuDS design criteria.