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Flood and Water Management Act 2010

Process of adoption in pursuance of duty to adopt

248.Paragraph 23 details the process of adoption where the Approving Body is under a duty to adopt the drainage system. The person who applied for approval, referred to as “the developer”, can formally request the Approving Body to adopt a drainage system (for example, when it considers that it has completed the system in line with the approved plans). But the Approving Body does not need to wait for a formal request to be made if it considers on its own initiative that it is under a duty to adopt the drainage system.

249.The Approving Body may prescribe the form required for the developer to make formal requests for adoption. Where an Approving Body receives a formal request for adoption, it must determine the request within any time limit imposed by the Minister by order. The Approving Body must notify the developer of its decision, and of its right to appeal as soon as is reasonably practicable.

250.Where an Approving Body give notice of adoption it must ensure that the notice specifies the extent of the drainage system being adopted. The notice must be copied to the relevant sewerage undertaker. The notice (together with details of the arrangements for access and maintenance in the approved plans) must be copied to anyone appears to owns land on which the drainage system is located, and anyone whose property appears to be drained by the system. The notice must also be copied to the developer and any other statutory consultees to the approval process.

251.The Approving Body must also include the drainage system in the local authority register which is established under Part 1 of the Act, and designate any parts of the drainage systems which are eligible for designation and not owned by the Approving Body. It must also release any unused non-performance bond which was paid as a condition of approval back to the developer.

252.Finally, the Approving Body must designate any adopted part of the drainage system that is a street as a “street with special engineering difficulties”, as under section 63 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991. The definition of “street” in this context is set out in section 48 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991.

253.The Minister can make regulations about timing, and manner of compliance with these obligations. These regulations are subject to the negative resolution procedure.

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