Flood Risk Management Plans and Local Flood Risk Management Plans

Closes 22 Sep 2021

Opened 21 Dec 2020

Overview

SEPA has been subject to a significant cyber-attack involving complex and sophisticated criminality. For more information, visit sepa.org.uk/cyber-attack.

This is the consultation hub for Scotland’s draft Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans.  The consultation will be delivered in two phases. 

The delivery of the consultation has been affected by the SEPA cyber attack and increased lockdown restrictions as a result of COVID-19. 

Phase one of the consultation opened on the 21 December 2020 with draft information for the Flood Risk Management Strategies available for review. This consists of background information for Local Plan Districts and Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs) and identifies localised target areas.

In phase two, draft information for the Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans will be available with consultation questions. In phase 2, we encourage you to provide your views and shape the way that flood risk is managed in Scotland.

Phase two was originally due to open on the 21 March 2021. As a result of the cyber-attack, this deadline was no longer feasible and phase one of the consultation has been extended. Phase two of the consultation will now be available on 30 July 2021.

If you have any enquiries regarding the consultation, please contact using our online form

Why we are consulting

It is estimated there are 284,000 homes, businesses and services at risk of flooding in Scotland. Climate change is projected to increase this number by an estimated 110,000 by the 2080s. The Flood Risk Management Strategies were developed to reduce the devastating impact of flooding in Scotland and are being updated for publication. These strategies underpin the Local Flood Risk Management Plans for a more localised delivery. SEPA and local authorities have worked in partnership to develop and refine these updated strategies and plans.

By responding to the consultation, you can have your say on how flood risk is managed in Scotland in the future.

What are Flood Risk Management Strategies?

First produced in 2015, SEPA’s Flood Risk Management Strategies coordinate and concentrate efforts by multiple organisations to tackle flooding in Scotland. 

A Flood Risk Management Strategy is produced for each of Scotland’s fourteen Local Plan Districts. Areas within Local Plan Districts where significant flood risk exists are called Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs). These areas are used to prioritise where flood risk management could benefit the most.

Each Flood Risk Management Strategy has been developed in collaboration with other public agencies to present short to long term flood risk management objectives. Actions needed to meet these objectives are identified for PVAs within the Local Plan Districts. The development of corresponding Local Flood Risk Management Plans for the Local Plan Districts is informed by these objectives and actions in the strategies. Together, these documents agree the long term priorities and shorter term actions to reduce the impact of flooding in Scotland.  

What are the Local Flood Risk Management Plans?

The Local Flood Risk Management Plans turn the Flood Risk Management Strategies into a local delivery plan. 

These Local Flood Risk Management Plans are produced by lead local authorities for each Local Plan District. They provide more detail on how and when the actions from the Flood Risk Management Strategies will be delivered locally, providing additional details on the costs, benefits and delivery timetable for actions. Local delivery is focused within the PVAs of each Local Plan District. Coordinated plans help us make the most effective use of shared resources by targeting areas where the greatest benefit of intervention can be realised.

Read the draft Strategies

Draft information for the fourteen Flood Risk Management Strategies is now available for review.  This consists of background information for Local Plan Districts and Potentially Vulnerable Areas and identifies localised target areas. Please see the related documents section below to view the Flood Risk Management Strategy of interest to you.

Audiences

  • Local Authorities
  • Responsible Authorities
  • Landowners/ managers
  • National Parks
  • SEPA Staff
  • EA, SEPA and NRW Staff

Interests

  • Flood Risk Management Planning