How to realise economic drivers for source control in a housing development: a Scottish case study

Translated title of the contribution: Quels sont les moteurs économiques pour le contrôle à la source dans un secteur de développement résidentiel: une étude de cas en Ecosse

Neil S. Campbel, Brian J. D’Arcy, Rebecca Wade

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In the UK methods to attenuate peak flows of runoff from urban surfaces, as well as treat diffuse source pollutants and hopefully enhance urban amenity, are known as sustainable drainage systems or SUDS. The planning functions of local authorities (development control and strategic plans) are used to encourage use of SUDS for new developments, a mechanism underpinned in Scotland by regulations under the WEWS Act 2003. A housing development in the Falkirk area of central Scotland has been given planning approval and offers an innovative approach for stormwater management. Described in detail, the development makes a useful case study for application of SUDS technology for housing development, demonstrating economic benefits for developers during a period of economic recession. Source control techniques are devised on a plot by plot basis, so each house has roof runoff attenuated by a patent protected device (a SUDSbuttTM) which overflows to a filter drain which provides additional attenuation, with a final attenuation in a driveway treatment filter bed unit prior to connection to the public system. 42 houses were possible for the development with just an end-of-pipe SUDS feature, but with source control measures that rose to 48 houses; a powerful economic driver for the source control technology. On a larger scale, savings in size of pipes and other infrastructure would also accrue, as well as reduced maintenance burden for a public authority or utility managing an end-of pipe facility benefitting from the treatment train measures as described.
Original languageMultiple languages
Title of host publicationNovatech 2013
Place of PublicationLyon
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event8th International Conference on Planning and Technologies for Sustainable Urban Water Management - Lyon , France
Duration: 23 Jun 201327 Jun 2013


Conference8th International Conference on Planning and Technologies for Sustainable Urban Water Management
Abbreviated titleNOVATECH 2013


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