Permeable paving experts Formpave, part of Forterra, welcomed Baroness Parminter, the Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader in the House of Lords and Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to its facility in Gloucestershire to discuss the future of SuDS.
Baroness Parminter, who tabled an amendment on SuDS legislation in the House of Lords earlier this year, was among the guests given a tour of the plant, plus a visit to an installation of the company’s Aquaflow permeable paving system at a nearby development.
SuDS are a method of managing drainage and reducing the risk of flooding in and around developments, which work by slowing and holding back the water run-off from a site.
She said: “This was a really useful visit, and we appreciated the work Formpave’s team went to. We are seeking to boost awareness of SuDS on a national and local level as the threat of flooding increases, and permeable paving can be an important element of these systems.”
Other guests included Mark Harris, Planning and Policy Advisor for the Home Builders Federation in Wales, and Phil Chatfield, Water Policy Advisor at the Welsh Government, which is currently looking at encouraging greater use of SuDS for new developments.
The tour of the facility included a demonstration of Formpave’s ThermaPave, a SuDS capable of harvesting surface rainwater, which can then be used as the energy source for a ground source heat pump to provide energy efficient heating and cooling for buildings, effectively turning paved areas such as car parks into energy centres.