“The uptake of permeable paving should be encouraged”

Category: Product Information and Technical, Sureset Blog

Posted 20th September 2014 by Jim Newton


While SureSet has been supplying permeable resin bound paving since 1997, it’s only in recent years that the use of permeable products has become more widespread. This is due to a significant increase in flooding and public awareness of flood prevention.

SuDS (Sustainable urban Drainage Systems) is an approach to water management introduced by the Environment Agency in 2011. SureSet permeable paving fully complies with the requirements of SuDS by encouraging the rapid drainage of water. This eliminates the problems caused by standing water and contributes to flood prevention.

We’ve just read a fascinating report: Managing climate risks to well-being and the economy, recently published by the Committee on Climate Change. The report highlights the benefits of permeable paving and calls on its wider use to help prevent flooding and pollution.

If you haven’t got time to read the report in full, here are a few excerpts you may find interesting…

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In the report, the government’s advisory committee says that “SuDS provisions within the 2010 Flood and Water Management Act should be introduced without further delay”.

Statistics within the report include:

  • In the winter of 2013/14 southern England experienced the highest levels of rainfall for 250 years
  • In December 2013 the north east, east and north west coasts of England
  • experienced the largest tidal surge in sixty years
  • During this period an estimated 7,000 properties were flooded
  • Whilst 2013 showed an increase in the use of permeable paving in domestic projects it still accounts for just 4% of the total market
  • Commercially the use of permeable paving has increased in recent years but is still only 14% of the total paving activity

The report suggests that “local authorities can play a lead role in promoting the wider uptake of sustainable drainage measures particularly permeable paving options, in order to reduce the costs incurred from surface water flooding”.

And that the “low uptake of permeable paving options within both domestic and commercial projects suggests that planning regulations for households that have been in place since 2008 are not being enforced by local councils”.

The report found that a key barrier to using permeable paving is “the belief that it is much more expensive than traditional paving, requires a lot of maintenance and doesn’t last long”.

For this report, paving manufacturers produced evidence demonstrating that permeable paving options “offer similar value for money to traditional paving and once installed only required a minimal amount of maintenance and can last as long as 35 years”!

Report: Managing climate risks to well-being and the economy
Adaptation Sub-Committee Progress Report 2014
Committee on Climate Change

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