The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009
Scotland has adopted a new approach to manage the risk of flooding. To better plan and co-ordinate action on this, the Council is working closely with SEPA, Scottish Water, other local authorities, the Forestry Commission and the national parks to implement new national strategies and local plans. These documents set out how flooding is being tackled now and in the future; and how we will reduce the impact of our unpredictable weather.
View the Flood Risk Management planning process video developed by SEPA.
The public authorities continue to work to implement the published strategies and local plans for cycle 1 (from 2016-2022). Updated versions of these documents for cycle 2 (2022-2028) have been drafted and are being put to public consultation from 30 July - 31 October 2021.
Cycle 2 (2022-2028)
Public Consultation - Draft Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans
It is essential that any action taken on flooding is informed by the best available data. From 21 December 2020 we have been consulting with the public on the work carried out to update the flood risk management strategies and plans. This forms part of a national consultation on the current state of knowledge of flood risk across Scotland and what the potential solutions might be.
The consultation is being run jointly between SEPA, Scottish Water and local authorities and involves the publication of draft information that will be contained in the next strategies and local plans. The consultation is being carried out in 2 phases:
Give us your views
From 30 July 2021, you can respond to the public consultation by answering a series of questions and making comments via the national Citizen Space website.
If you have any enquiries regarding the consultation, please contact SEPAFlooding@gov.scot. Please enter 'FRM Consultation' in the subject line.
For those without internet access, or for those who would prefer to respond to the consultation in writing, copies of the consultation material can be made available on request. Requests should be made by contacting the Council on 01294 310000, or in writing to: The Flooding Team, Cunninghame House, Irvine, KA12 8EE
Please note: the consultation will close on 31 October 2021.
By responding to the consultation, you can have your say on how flood risk is managed in Scotland in the future. Responses from the public consultation will be used to inform the final strategies and plans due to be published from December 2021 and June 2022 and will help tailor future action on flood risk to meet the needs of individual communities.
Cycle 1 (2016-2022)
National Flood Risk assessment
SEPA published Scotland's first national flood risk assessment in 2011, and more recently this has been supplemented with a new generation of flood maps. The flood maps can be viewed on SEPA's website.
Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans
Flooding in Scotland is being managed through 14 local plan districts which are based on river catchments. The public authorities are working in partnership to manage flood risk within these districts. SEPA has published a flood risk management plan (commonly referred to as the 'strategy') for each district and the lead local authorities have published a local flood risk management plan.
North Ayrshire is the lead local authority for the Ayrshire Local Plan District.
The process of flood risk assessment, flood mapping and planning required by the Flood Act will be repeated every six years with the long term goal of reducing flood risk across Scotland over time. In combination with increasing education and awareness within communities about how they can protect themselves from flooding, the measures adopted under the Flood Act will be aimed at reducing the risk of flooding to residents and businesses in Ayrshire with consequent benefits for all including a safer environment, the avoidance of flood damage and improved health and wellbeing.
The Published Local Flood Risk Management Plans
Following a national public consultation, SEPA published the Flood Risk Management Strategies for each district in December 2015 and each lead local authority published a local flood risk management plan on 22 June 2016. These local plans supplement, and are consistent with, SEPA's strategy but also set out the responsibilities, timescales, local coordination and funding arrangements for the implementation of the selected actions. View the published Ayrshire Cycle 1 Local Flood Risk Management Plan.
The Council is now engaged in the process of implementing the actions set out in the strategies and local plans and will continue to record and investigate flood events, inspect and clear bodies of water and progress flood protection works and schemes in areas where there is a known flood risk.
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.
Second National Flood Risk Assessment
SEPA is required to review and update the National Flood Risk Assessment every 6 years. In December 2018, SEPA therefore published the second national flood risk assessment. This is part of a process aimed at improving Scotland's future flood risk management plans.
For more information, you can view SEPA's NRFA animation or Frequently Asked Questions.
The designation of areas which are potentially vulnerable to flooding has changed. Details can be viewed on SEPA's NFRA 2018 web page.