Flood Risk Management
The introduction of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act (2009), has led to a new risk-based, plan-led approach to dealing with flooding in Scotland.
Responsible authorities were designated and required to work in partnership to agree where the areas at highest risk are, set objectives, agree actions and produce a strategy and plan that would be delivered over a 6-year flood risk management planning cycle.
Individuals remain the first line of defence against flooding and are primarily responsible for their own protection, but the following authorities have a duty to deliver a strategic approach to managing flood risk.
- The Highland Council
- Argyll and Bute Council
- The Moray Council
- Scottish Water
- Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
- Forestry Commission Scotland
- Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority
- Cairngorms National Park Authority
Flood Risk Management Strategies
In December 2015, SEPA published the first ever National Flood Risk Management Strategy for Scotland.
Within the Flood Risk Management Strategy, Highland communities are located in either:
- The Highland and Argyll Local Plan District Area (LPD01), or
- The Findhorn, Nairn and Speyside Local Plan District Area (LPD05)
Reproduced from the Flood Risk Management Strategy, SEPA (December 2015)
The Strategy describes in detail the:
- Sources and impacts of flooding within Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs),
- Objectives for tackling these risks;
- Appropriate actions that will then deliver these objectives and
- The prioritisation of each action in six-yearly planning cycles
Local Flood Risk Management Plans (LFRMP)
The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act (2009) requires the lead local authority for each Local Plan District to publish a "Local Flood Risk Management Plan".
- The Highland Council is the lead local authority for The Highland and Argyll Local Plan District Area (LPD01), and
- The Moray Council is the lead local authority for The Findhorn, Nairn and Speyside Local Plan District Area (LPD05)
The Local Flood Risk Management Plans include the actions recommended in the Strategy and adds further details such as:
- Funding arrangements for each action
- Which organisation will be responsible for delivery of the action
- The timescale for delivery
- Details of any coordination between authorities.
The Highland & Argyll Local Flood Risk Management Plan was finalised in June 2016 after all responsible authorities with flood risk related functions exercisable in, or in relation to, the Local Plan District (and SEPA) agreed to its content.
We published the first ever Local Flood Risck Management Plan for the Highland & Argyll Local Plan District (LPD01) on the 22 June 2016. This Plan will be implemented throughout the first 6-year cycle (2016 to 2022).
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
The SEA for the Highland and Argyll Local Flood Risk Management Plan is below