Paved driveways could be banned in new build developments, in an attempt to address a growing problem with storm drain flooding and pollution, a government minister has suggested.
Water minister Rebecca Pow has reportedly said that new homes may be required to prove they have a sustainable drainage system before being allowed to connect to the local waste water network. This could include the banning of paved driveways, which can contribute to poor drainage. There is also some suggestion that housing developers may be required to invest in new sewage infrastructure so that current systems do not become overloaded with the addition of new developments and communities.
This new report comes in light of damning news of unacceptable levels of pollution in many of the UK’s waterways.
Scott Squire from Property PX Group commented:
“It is, of course, important that housebuilders consider the environmental impact of the homes and communities they create.
"With the Government’s 2050 net zero target, it’s important that we all do our part to reduce our impact and find new, sustainable ways of moving forward.
"Every housebuilder I’ve spoken to is committed to creating high-quality, future-proof, sustainable housing that will meet the needs of future generations. Part of this will play a role in supporting and protecting our waterways to ensure they remain safe and clean.”