At North Stoneham Park, our Managing Director, Steve Matthews, explained to BBC South Today how we have designed and installed 18 ponds, of which four are permanently wet, and five swales, to effectively and sustainably manage surface water run off for 1,200 new homes, primary school, local centre and café, office buildings and a care village.
The interconnecting ponds and swales are carefully designed to collect, attenuate and treat the surface water run-off generated by the development and thus slow down the amount of surface water run-off going back into local watercourses at Monks Brook, as well as help combat excess stormwater going into the sewerage systems.
An additional benefit of the SuDS scheme at North Stoneham Park is that its planting acts as a natural purifier with many other environmental and biodiversity benefits.
The position, size and sector placement of the SuDS ensures that every single millimetre of run-off that is generated by the development will benefit from at least three stages of natural treatment, passing through multiple interconnecting ponds prior to entering Monks Brook.
The ponds are filled with marginal and aquatic plants such as reed beds and floating islands to purify and enrich the treatment process of the water run-off. The adjacent banks and footpaths also feature long grasses and wildflower meadows to enhance biodiversity and encourage natural habitat and wildlife.
The community benefits too… the Park’s attractive, public open space, ponds and wetlands not only create a beautiful place to live and enhance the development’s aesthetic appeal, but they also help create better communities through social cohesion and improve the health and wellbeing of the local community.
Little ones can also learn from the scheme! The ponds are regularly used for education purposes, providing a fantastic outdoor learning opportunity and additional recreational space for the local school – Stoneham Park Primary Academy.
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