Campbeltown Flood Prevention Scheme

Argyll & Bute Council are progressing plans for a Flood Protection Scheme (FPS) for Campbeltown. The scheme comprises of catchment wide flood mitigation works and property flood resilience (PFR) measures.

The Campbeltown FPS is being promoted under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 and the Flood Risk Management (Flood Protection Schemes, Potentially Vulnerable Areas and Local Plan Districts) (Scotland) Regulations 2010.

Scheme Outline

The scheme involves a flood storage area in the Millknowe area of Campbeltown and a partial upsizing on the surface water culvert running along Dalaruan Street, from the proposed storage area. In addition surface water management will be implemented to other areas within the town at The Meadows and Burnside Square to further reduce the risk of flooding to the town. Property Flood Resilience (PFR) will also be provided to some properties to improve the standard of protection offered by the scheme.

The outline drawings and documents associated with the scheme can be found at the bottom of this page.

Key tasks completed to date include:

  • Public consultation since October 2017;
  • Campbeltown FPS was presented at a public exhibition in October 2018;
  • Continued engagement with all stakeholders;
  • Ground Investigation works;
  • Topographical survey;
  • Completed all legal processes to notify and confirm the FPS
  • 5th Dec 2019 Argyll & Bute Council confirmed the Campbeltown FPS with modification;
  • 27th April 2020 Scottish Government granted deemed planning permission;
  • Scheme is deemed operative on completion of scheme confirmation

Next Steps include:

  • Appoint surveyor to complete property flood resilience (PFR) surveys’
  • Appoint contractor to supply and install and properties with PFR products
  • Continued detail design of all FPS elements
  • Tender and award of main construction works
  • Construction of FPS

Property Flood Resilience:

A number of properties have been targeted for Property Flood Resilience (PFR) to increase the standard of protection offered by the scheme. Initial consultation is about to begin prior to property surveys being completed in March 2021.

The scheme comprises of catchment wide flood mitigation works and property flood resilience (PFR) measures. PFR was identified as the most economically and technically viable solution to increase flood resilience of 21 properties in combination with the fluvial element of the scheme. 

PFR measures are a range of products which can be used to limit water entering property including barriers on windows and doors; use of non-return vales to prevent backing-up of floodwaters; automatically closing airbricks; and small pump systems. More options are available, all of which aim to reduce flood damage and enhance peace of mind. As with the rest of the scheme PFR is being joint funded by Argyll and Bute Council and the Scottish Government.

Initial steps

The initial steps will be to talk through the project with property owners, considering together how flooding occurs and what measures are best suited for the property to reduce the impact of flooding in the future. Letters have been issued to affected properties in order to explain PFR and the steps in the process in more detail.   We have also compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions which will hopefully answers some of the questions you may have.

The privacy notice is available here: Privacy notice - Property Flood Resilience

What’s next?

The next stage is to undertake a survey to identify how water can enter the properties. This is called a ‘Routes of Ingress’ survey and is undertaken, with permission, by a specialist surveyor who will write a report and detail what measures are required. It is anticipated the programme of surveys will commence in March 2021. It should be noted there is no obligation to install measures following completion of surveys.

The necessary consents to install the measures will then be requested from the property owner and the Council, where this is applicable. Once these have been obtained, the required measures will be priced and a contractor identified to undertake the works. Following installation of the measures, the specialist surveyor will return to observe the completed works and provide a certificate approving them. This certificate can be used by you to inform insurance companies and future buyers that the property benefits from measures to reduce the impact of flooding. This may reduce insurance premiums and ease any concerns of future purchasers of your property.

Keeping you up to date

Our consultant AECOM are managing the overall flood scheme and will act as main point of contact to bring all parties together for ease of communication. If you have any immediate concerns or questions AECOM can be contacted via email in the first instance at

Throughout the project all participating properties will receive ongoing communications of progress to date and what you can expect next. Your support and inclusion in the project is vitally important to its success and we thank you in advance for your engagement.


The project team are regularly reviewing Public Health Scotland and Government advice to guide the delivery of the project. Robust risk assessments are being completed to ensure our delivery staff and residents are safe. These will be kept under regular review to reflect the current circumstances. If you are concerned how COVID19 will be managed through the delivery of the project, please get in touch using the contact details above.

The following documents are available to view as part of the Scheme: 

Should you have any questions about the scheme, please contact the flooding team using the following contact details


Drawing Number

Drawing Title

Overall scheme


Campbeltown Flood Protection Scheme - Key Plan

Flood storage at Millknowe


Millknowe Flood Storage Reservoir - Site Layout


Millknowe Flood Storage Reservoir – Embankment and Wall Arrangement


Millknowe Flood Storage Reservoir – Embankment and Spillway Arrangement


Millknowe Flood Storage Reservoir – Embankment Section

Dalaruan Culvert


Dalaruan Culvert – Site Layout


Dalaruan Culvert – Longsection


Dalaruan Culvert – Intake Structure Elevation, Plan and Section

Surface Water Management Proposals


Surface Water Management – Sheet 1 of 2


Surface Water Management  - Sheet 2 of 2


Surface Water Management – Typical Details Surface Water Management – Typical Details

Property Level Flood Protection Proposals


Property Flood Protection Zone Plan

15 May 2020 to 26 Jun 2020