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Flood Risk Management Plan

Flood Risk Management Strategy (cycle 1, 2010-15)

Flood risk management strategy, Ayrshire (PDF, 16.4mb) - submitted for Ministerial approval, December 2015.

Local Flood Risk Management Plan (cycle 1, 2010-16)

The Local Flood Risk Management Plan details how and when the actions to deliver the goals set in the Flood Risk Management Strategy are to be delivered (2016 to 2022).

The are 14 Scottish Local Plan Districts for flood risk management purposes. Districts are based on river catchments and coastal areas which cross administrative and institutional boundaries.

Ayrshire local plan district

The first local flood risk management plan for Local Plan District No 12, Ayrshire, sets out the actions needed to manage flood risk.

The Local Flood Risk Management Plan (FRM Plan) details how and when the actions to deliver the goals set in the Flood Risk Management Strategy are to be delivered in the first 6 year planning cycle (2016 to 2022). They describe the short term direction of flood risk management in the Ayrshire Local Plan District. The actions in the FRM Plan are based on agreed objectives for managing floods in high risk areas. They rely on the best evidence available on the causes and consequences of flooding and make clear the practical ambition of responsible authorities, including local authorities, SEPA and Scottish Water.

The Ayrshire LFRMP is published by North Ayrshire Council on behalf of a partnership comprised of:

  • North Ayrshire Council
  • East Ayrshire Council
  • South Ayrshire Council
  • Scottish Water
  • SEPA
  • SNH

North Ayrshire is the lead local authority for the Ayrshire Local Plan District.

There are 18 areas and 1 candidate area identified as potentially vulnerable to flood risk. These include 7,800 residential and 2,700 non-residential properties. The estimated average damage from the identified flood risks is £16.4 million a year.

The plan includes:

  • 3 prioritised flood protection schemes and works
  • 15 flood protection studies
  • flood warning schemes
  • surface water management plans
  • natural flood management studies and works.

The plan provides the blueprint for SEPA, local authorities, Scottish Water, and others to deliver their flood risk management responsibilities. The Flood Risk Management Strategy is made up of 3 sections.

Section 1

Contains information on the approach taken, in Scotland, to manage flood risk. It explains the duties and aims of organisations, including how they work together and how flood risk management planning is linked to government policies and initiatives. How flood risk management planning is delivered to each Local Plan District through a Local Flood Risk Management Plan.

Ayrshire FRM Plan Section 1

Section 2

This section is important to individuals and communities wanting to understand their flood risk and its management. For priority communities (called Potentially Vulnerable Areas) there is a description of the causes and consequences of flooding.

Ayrshire FRM Plan Section 2

Section 3

The following section takes the information detailed in the FRM Strategy and summarises the flood risk, objectives, actions and prioritisation for the whole of Ayrshire Local Plan District. In addition, as required by the LFRMP, it identifies who will be responsible for the delivery and implementation of the actions, along with a timetable of when the actions will be undertaken and the funding arrangements. View the interactive Ayrshire Local Plan District map.

Annexes provide supporting documents and references.

Interim Report

In accordance with the requirements of the Flood Risk Management(Scotland) Act (2009) (‘the Act’), North Ayrshire Council (as Lead Local Authority (LLA) places a duty (under section 37) on the LLA to review the Local Flood Risk Management Plan; and publish a report on the conclusions of the review, including information on the progress that has been made towards implementing the measures.

The interim report (PDF, 3.8mb) is published on 1st March 2019 and will be available for public inspection in Cunninghame House, Irvine.

Flood Risk Management Strategy (cycle 2, 2016-22)

Phase one of the consultation opened on the 21 December 2020 with draft information for the Flood Risk Management Strategies available for review. This consists of background information for Local Plan Districts and Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs) and identifies localised target areas. The Draft Flood Risk Management Strategy 2021-2027 document is available from SEPA. 

In phase two, draft information for the Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans will be available. Phase two was originally due to open on the 21 March 2021. As a result of the December cyber-attack on SEPA this deadline is postponed to the 30 July 2021.

The implementation of the cycle 2 Flood Risk Management Plan will be carried out between 2022–28.