As SEPA continues to recover from a cyber-attack in late December 2020, it has taken the opportunity to develop a new way of working that has a much greater focus on frequent virtual collaboration, that will:
This collaboration will guided by questions such as:
For example, for a complex flood risk issue, one discussion involving a SEPA flood risk expert may be most efficient.
SEPA is also keen to engage on strategically important areas of change that create opportunities to deliver place outcomes through the following specific themes:
This means engaging at the earliest opportunity to influence the shaping of places in collaboration with planning authorities and other stakeholders. This could be through the masterplanning process and/or the earliest stages of evidence gathering to inform location, siting and design. SEPA has already started to shift to this way of working, and joint initiatives with the Key Agencies Group are a prime example.
Further details on the SEPA Triage Framework are available here - https://www.sepa.org.uk/media/560848/a-triage-framework-for-engagement-with-sepa-1.pdf