Updated 15 May 2015
As the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) Hampshire County council is a statutory consultee for Surface Water Drainage on applications for major development. This new role started on 15 April 2015 and requires Hampshire County Council to be consulted on these developments when a planning application is received by the Local Planning Authority.
As a statutory consultee we are not responsible for determining planning applications or commenting on issues that do not fall within our remit. We are not at present offering pre-application advice as a standard service and requests will be determined on a case by case basis.
“Major development” means development involving any one or more of the following:
Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are designed to mimic the natural drainage of surface water, typically managing rainfall close to where it falls. Surface water flows are then slowed down and discharged at a controlled rate before it enters a watercourse. They can also store water, allow it to soak into the ground or enable evaporation from surface water. SuDS offer a wide range of benefits, as they can:
SuDS features include; filter strips and swales, filter drains and permeable surfaces, infiltration devices and basins and ponds.
For further information on SuDS, please see:
For further information on Sustainable Drainage Systems in Hampshire: