Date lodged: 28 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government for what reason data on new-build on flood plains is not collated at a national level.
Answered by: Kevin Stewart 17 October 2016
The Scottish Planning Policy is clear that development plans, which guide decision making on new development, should take account of flood risk management strategies. We note the recommendation of the Committee on Climate Change that SEPA should ensure the next Flood Risk Management Strategies monitor and report on the number of planning applications for new developments in the floodplain that were granted. We have continued to engage with flood risk matters and in 2015 published the report ‘Mapping Flood Disadvantage in Scotland’. A finding of the report is that of around 100,000 properties noted in the OS AddressBase dataset with a start date on or after 1 January 2009, a very small proportion (single-digit percentage) could potentially be located in areas affected by flooding, although there are significant caveats attached to that finding. The report is available from the Scottish Governments’ website: www.gov.scot.