Masterclass: Evaluating SuDS Submissions to Meet Irish Planning Requirements


1-day course

CPD Credit: 6.5 hours, C1 / C2

Course Overview

This course will identify common policy driver requirements us on the core aspects of SuDS evaluation. Fundamental checks will be identified along with the package of information which would be anticipated for evaluation. The four pillars of SuDS will be considered and how these interlink in terms of delivery of SuDS which deliver against the 4 pillars of SuDS.

Course Aim

Whilst SuDS have been embedded in policy and associated documents such as GDSDS for some time, the level of design input required for SuDS to achieve planning approval has evolved to one which is more landscape based, with a reduced reliance on conventional pipework. A number of LA’s are currently planning revised SuDS Guidance. This change in mindset is underpinned with the increased importance on Green Infrastructure strategies and County Plan Policy Objectives.

This course aims to provide delegates with review of the range of requirements to be considered when evaluating SuDS schemes submitted as part of planning applications.

Course Objectives

After the course, the participants should:

  • Be aware of the level of information required to assess a submission
  • Be enabled to intelligently assess SuDS submissions
  • Have informed discussion at pre-application stage


  • Introduction
  • Setting out a review procedure – identifying requirements
  • Identifying requirements to evaluate against
  • Validating a submission
  • Establishing the basics of good design
  • Evaluating flows and volumes to GDSDS and
  • Assessing against the 4 SuDS pillars
  • Evaluating for Health and Safety

Who Should Attend?

Local Authorities and those involved in the SuDS review process seeking further knowledge on how to review submissions from an engineering and wider presentative. Consulting Engineers who wish to gain an insight as to potential LA requirements for SuDS.

Trainer’s Profile

Anthony McCloy - BEng, CEng, FIEI

Anthony is Managing Director of McCloy Consulting, a Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of Engineers Ireland. He has extensive knowledge of the application of hydraulic calculations within SuDS design and has been responsible for the design of a number of innovative schemes.

Anthony’s work to date also includes analysis of drainage catchments and design of drainage systems using various hydraulic modelling packages. As a leading specialist in the field of Sustainable Drainage, Anthony has been delivering SUDS training workshops since 2006, and is a regular speaker at industry seminars and conferences.


  • “Excellent”
  • “Very good”
  • “Very well-run course”
  • “Good pace and useful worked examples”
  • “Very relevant to current planning issues we encounter”


Engineers Ireland supports the Sustainable Development Goals. This event contributes to Engineers Ireland's Sustainability Framework.

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email