SuDS Compliance: Are Resin Bound Surfaces Compliant?

SuDS, standing for Sustainable Urban Drainage System, is essentially a drainage standard that many surfaces are required to comply with – particularly in built-up, urban areas. In this short guide, we’re going to run through the importance of SuDS compliance, explain exactly what it is and answer the question posed in the title: do resin bound surfaces meet the standard?

What makes a surface SuDS compliant?

SuDS compliant surfaces have to be porous enough to allow sufficient levels of water to drain through them and into the earth below – much like grass or soil do. Some surfaces, including resin bonded (not to be confused with its relative, resin bound) are not SuDS compliant, as they don’t allow water to drain through them.

In this instance, to satisfy regulations, additional drainage will have to be installed. This can add a significant amount to the cost of any resurfacing project, not to mention hamper its sleek appearance.

Why is this important?

SuDS compliance is particularly important today, as regulations were passed in 2015 to try and reduce the likelihood of flooding in new developments. Nowadays, driveways in residential areas must comply with the SuDS standard. If they don’t, additional measures (like a purpose-built drainage system) will be required, as mentioned above.

Are resin bound surfaces compliant?

If you’re considering a resin bound surface for your driveway, SuDS compliance is an important matter to consider. Fortunately, you’ll be pleased to know that yes, they are compliant. Although the similarly-named ‘resin bonded’ material is not porous, and so doesn’t meet the SuDS standard.

Resin bound surfacing contractors

No matter where in the UK you’re located, the experienced resin bound surfacing contractors at A&MT can help you. From installing a new driveway to constructing a car park at your business premises, we can do it all to an extremely high standard. Learn more about us today and get in touch for a free, no obligation quote.