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Benefits provided by support to ASA

Local Authority Capacity

  • Provision of a technical forum for members in assist them in developing their capability to advise on SuDS for new development.
  • Supporting technical capacity building within the membership through newsletters, workshops and conferences.
  • Support for members to develop their capability to deal with emerging issues e.g. advice on minor development and discharge of condition.
  • Supporting the planning process by providing increased skills and capacity provide effective advice on SuDS for new development

Policy Development & Delivery

  • Access to a resource to inform and develop surface water management policy through technical groups.
  • Provisions of a forum for the academic and technical community to resolve emerging issues and inform policy development.
  • Access to a collection of case studies and evidence through member submissions from across England to inform policy development and delivery practice.

Central Government Capacity

  • The provision of ongoing development of surface water management thinking to compensate for withdrawal of EA activity.
  • Providing additional capacity for Defra to enable effective engagement with the Association’s technical groups and wider membership.
  • Provision of a communications route to influence MHCLG on sustainable drainage matters and how these are dealt with in the planning system

Promotion & Communication

  • Provision of a clear communication channel to promoting consistency across all LLFAs
  • The provision of an easy and efficient route to reach all members with future policy changes and relevant consultations
  • Provision of a forum for the development community, including house builders, planners and surface water managers.

ASA – How will it work

ASA will be affiliated to ADA (Association of Drainage Authorities), both ASA and ADA see surface water management as a priority and share the same technical issues, ADA has the administrative capacity to deal with the membership and financial requirements that ASA will need.

ASA will however maintain full autonomy from ADA and there will be no requirement for ASA members to join ADA. More information on how ASA will work can be found in our Membership Prospectus.

ASA will have a formal governance structure with members of the executive committee being elected at the annual general meeting.


ASA offers three levels of membership:

Full Membership

Full Membership will be open to any Local Authority which wish to access full membership benefits.

Annual subscription: £382+VAT
Three year subscription: £1,100 +VAT

Associate Membership

Associate membership will be open to any Risk Management Authority & non-commercial groups/organisations which wish to access some membership benefits.

Sponsored Membership

Sponsored membership is available to companies that wish to support ASA in its aims and objectives.

Benefits of membership

  • Engaging with government and other industry bodies (providing a single voice)
  • Providing support via a closed group web portal to facilitate discussion between Association members
  • Hosting a group of technical experts to support members on common issues
  • Regional hubs for members (organised by local coordinators)
  • Quarterly updates and newsletter
  • Annual workshop and/or training courses and webinars
  • Bi-annual conference
  • Development of membership materials
  • Technical support
  • Assistance on event management
  • Other activities as required
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Full Member Resources

Discussion Forum

This section can be accessed by officers where their organisation are members of ASA.

The discussion forums will be regularly monitored with any offensive material being deleted and the officer removed. An email will also go to the organisation of the officer explaining the situation. By using this page you agree to the above.


The library is a useful area to upload specific documents, guides, wording for conditions etc.. Anything your authority may use that you feel could be beneficial to others.

ASA Members

as of May 2023

  • Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
  • BPC Council
  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Bristol City Council
  • Buckinghamshire Council
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Cornwall Council
  • Cumberland
  • Derbyshire County Council
  • Devon County Council
  • Dorset Council
  • East Riding Of Yorkshire Council
  • Flyde Council
  • Hampshire County Council
  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • Hull City Council
  • Kent County Council
  • Kirklees Council
  • Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Lancashire County Council
  • Lincolnshire County Council
  • LoDEG
  • Luton Borough Council
  • Medway Council
  • Milton Keynes Council
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Norfolk County Council
  • North Somerset Council
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Royal Borough of Kingston
  • Runnymede Borough Council
  • Sheffield City Council
  • South Tyneside Council
  • Southampton City Council
  • Staffordshire County Council
  • Suffolk County Council
  • Sunderland City Council
  • Surrey County Council
  • Swindon Borough Council
  • Wakefield Council
  • Warwickshire County Council
  • West Lancs Borough Council
  • West Northamptonshire
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Westmorland & Furness Wirral Council
  • Woking Borough Council
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