What is permeable paving and how does it improve SuDS on patios and driveways?

Permeable paving takes many forms
Permeable paving takes many forms (Image credit: Getty Images)

The risk and devastating effect of floods in the UK is growing, and permeable paving is being put forward as one of the solutions.

Permeable paving allows water to soak into the ground beneath it, instead of pooling like it would on a solid surface. It is one of many sustainable drainage systems, or SuDS, which will become a legal requirement for new homes from next year.

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