Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans

Closes 22 Jun 2021

Opened 21 Dec 2020

Overview

This is the consultation hub for Scotland's draft Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans. 

The consultation is open from 21 December 2020 until 22 June 2021. It will be delivered in two phases:

Phase one: 21 December 2020 - 21 March 2021

Draft information for the Flood Risk Management Strategies is available for review. This consists of background information for Local Plan Districts and Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs) and identifies localised target areas.

Consultation questions are not yet available (until Phase 2).

Phase two: 22 March 2021 - 22 June 2021

Draft information for the Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans is available for your comments. The Strategic Environmental Assessment is available for comment.

Consultation questions are available in Phase 2. We encourage you to provide your views and shape the way that flood risk is managaed in Scotland.

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 in December 2021. These strategies underpin the Local Flood Risk Management Plans for a more localised delivery and are also being updated for publication in 2022. SEPA and local authorities have worked in partnership to develop and refine these updated strategies and plans.

Information from these strategies and plans contribute to the delivery of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 (FRM Act) and are updated every six years. The Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Development Plans are in the process of being updated and will be published in December 2021 and June 2022 respectively.

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.

We need your views on the draft updates to the Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans. Have your say on how we shape future flood risk in Scotland.

The below PDF document provides more information on the consultation arrangements for flood risk management planning in Scotland.

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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