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Long-awaited development rules to help prevent flooding delayed for second time this year!

Under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, developers will have to install sustainable drainage systems, which allow more water to seep into the ground rather than flowing into the waste water system, and have their plans to do so approved by local Sustainable Urban Drainage Approval Bodies (SABs).

But four years after the law was passed the regulations to implement this part of the law have not come into force, largely because many local authorities have not set up the SABs.

The changes had been due to take effect in October 2014, but in a letter to various stakeholders including the Home Builders Federation and the Local Government Association, Peter Unwin, director general of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), confirmed this implementation date had now been scrapped.