Our Resin Bound Driveway Surfaces EXCEED the SuDS Requirements

Without SuDS compliance, when you pave over a front garden to make a driveway using traditional methods, the rain water is prevented from soaking into the ground by the materials used to construct the hard-standing.  The water runs off into the drains overloading the sewer and storm water systems.

In addition to this, the ‘traditional non-SuDS compliant’ methods of removing surface and run off water greatly reduce the time from a rain drop hitting the floor, and it being returned to the sea and being drawn back up into the rain system increasing rain fall.

In an undeveloped area, water lands on the ground and is drawn away through the soil where it is purified and slowly returned to the water table.  The problems that are caused by the traditional non-SuDS compliant methods of driveway construction are an increased time taken for the water to return to the water table which, in turn, is thought to contribute to increased winter flooding and summer droughts.

Our Resin Bound Driveways and surfaces are fully SuDS compliant, in fact they far exceed the Environment Agency’s requirements.  They are permeable when laid and so allow rain water to flow effortlessly back directly into our natural water system.  Our Resin Bound surfaces allow 50 l/m2 of water per minute to permeate through, providing an ecologically sound alternative to concrete or block paving – with added bonus of a much superior aesthetic.

The benefits of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are numerous, but the key factors are:

  • Flood control and better management of storm water at source (source control)
  • Pollution control
  • Recharging of groundwater regimes and aquifers
  • Reduced construction and maintenance costs
  • Improved environment

The Natural Hydrologic Process that SuDS Promotes

To the right is a diagram of the natural hydrologic cycle – Mother Nature’s process for dealing with rain water that SuDS helps support

The traditional use of drains and storm run-offs for surface water management bypass the slow filtering of water back into the natural water courses.   Water is dumped into the streams and rivers at artificially high speed, throwing the natural balance out and filling the water course with unfiltered or ‘grey’ water.  The SuDS regulations aim to combat this by aiming to ensure that water is able to permeate as many new hard surfaces as possible.