The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 (FRM Act) introduced a co-ordinated partnership approach to how we tackle flood risk in Scotland sustainably. SEPA, Responsible Authorities and Scottish Government have been working closely, building on current evidence and understanding, to improve knowledge and explore sustainable ways to protect communities. It has involved assessing whole catchments and coastlines and examining all sources of flooding. This approach ensures targeted and effective flood risk management decisions across Scotland.
In 2015, for each Local Plan District, SEPA published a Flood Risk Management Plan, previously called Flood Risk Management Strategies, which identified Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs) and set out actions for targeted areas to address flood risk while delivering other benefits. Together these 14 Flood Risk Management Plans have provided a national plan for Scotland.
In 2016, the Lead Local Authority for each Local Plan District produced a Local Flood Risk Management Plan which turned the Flood Risk Management Plans into a local delivery plan. These provided a summary of local objectives and actions to manage flood risk. The interlinkage between these plans required a joint public consultation on the plans.
Consultation Phased Approach
The Flood Risk Management Plans and Local Flood Risk Management Plans are now in the process of being updated using information gained since 2016. SEPA is hosting the joint consultation on these draft updates to gain your views. All consultation responses related to the Local Flood Risk Management Plans will be communicated by SEPA to the Lead Local Authorities.
Responses made during the consultation will help shape the final Flood Risk Management Plans and Local Flood Risk Management Plans.
Despite the challenges of Covid-19 and the cyber-attack on SEPA systems, every effort has been made by SEPA and Responsible Authorities to develop the consultation data in collaboration.
How can I respond?
The preferred route for responses to the consultation is via: The online consultation hub
Argyll and Bute is covered within two local plan districts
1. Highland and Argyll – covers from Oban to Campbeltown and across to Inveraray including the east of Loch Fyne.
11. Clyde and Loch Lomond – covers the areas including Lomond, Bute and Cowal