Our guide to soakaways for driveways — sizes, planning, the law and more

Urban flooding has become a major problem in the UK
Urban flooding has become a major problem in the UK (Image credit: Getty Images)

From next year property owners must manage surface water to reduce flood risk, erosion, and environmental damage under UK law.

A key part of this is the use of sustainable drainage systems, often shortened to SuDs, a term for a set of environmentally-friendly techniques that are designed to help manage and control surface water runoff, particularly in urban areas.

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