No one can stop the rain from falling or other extreme weather events that lead to flooding from occurring, but by considering the location, design, and layout of new developments, we can make sure that the decisions and investments we make today take account of the known risks and deliver high-quality sustainable places for Scotland.
In August 2017, SEPA published new and updated guidance relating to flood risk and land use planning. Although primarily intended for internal SEPA purposes, the guidance is published online so that anyone can access and understand the framework used to guide planning consultation responses. The guidance is based on Scottish Planning Policy and duties under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.
SEPA guidance and advice notes relating to development management and flood risk are available on the SEPA website - https://www.sepa.org.uk/environment/land/planning/
(Winter 2017-18 Newsletter)