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Case Study 128 - Managing a SUDS scheme

128 - Lightmoor Village, Telford

The Lightmoor Village Development, which will deliver 800 homes, shops, a village centre and primary school in highquality landscaping, incorporates a sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) to minimise the negative impact of development on both the existing local hydrology and the downstream watercourse and sewers.

The primary infrastructure, which includes strategic SUDS features, is being installed by the joint venture partners, the Homes and Communities Agency and Bournville Village Trust (BVT). Appointed residential developers will implement infiltration devices within their development phases. Current legislation (Water Industry Act 1991) and funding provisions to Severn Trent Water (STW) from OFWAT mean there is no formal mechanism that provides the water company with funding to maintain SUDS devices. BVT will retain ownership and maintenance responsibilities of the SUDS features (infiltration devices and ponds) to a standard agreed with STW. Maintenance costs will come from the residents’ service charge.

STW have agreed to adopt the pipework of SUDS under section 104 of the Water Industry Act 1991. Until this occurs BVT have become a utility under NSRA to enable adoption of the road infrastructure by the local authority. STW will monitor the system performance and its maintenance costs to consider full adoption in due course.

Other Information

  • Location: Telford and Wrekin
  • Key partners: English Partnerships, Bournville Village Trust Developer: Joint venture for principle works, developers for plotspecific work - George Wimpey, Persimmon, Crest Nicholson Masterplanner: Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design
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UDC2 Section - Managing Quality Placesace 

Maintenance costs for Lightmoor Village SUDS scheme are generated from residents’ service charges.Images (image bank)