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Green infrastructure

Sustainable drainage can help reduce London's surface water flood risk

  • By jennifer.sibley

Our main area of focus is promoting the uptake of green infrastructure and sustainable drainage in new develExample of a green wall on the side of an office building.opments through the planning system. We also provided borough representation on the Green Infrastructure Taskforce. 

Green Infrastructure Taskforce

The Green Infrastructure Taskforce was established to bring together expertise to identify how a more strategic and long-term approach to investment in green infrastructure can be delivered. The Taskforce considered the strategic issues which need to be addressed in relation to the design, management and operation of London’s green infrastructure. Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of the Transport and Environment Committee, was our representative on the taskforce. The Taskforce has now published its report: 'Natural Capital: Investing in a Green Infrastructure for a Future City'. We produced a member briefing covering the recommendations for boroughs, which can be viewed here (members login required, officers can request a copy from Jennifer Sibley). 

Sustainable drainage

The GLA is mapping SUDS across London. Boroughs are encouraged to submit sites for inclusion to the GLA. 

Map of London showing sites of sustainable drainage

The GLA has also mapped London's street trees

TfL has published its guide to incorporating SUDS in roads and public realm, called SUDS in London - a Guide.