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SEPA objects to huge Glasgow housing project because of flood risks

Words: Roger Milne
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The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has lodged a formal objection to ambitious proposals for up to 800 new homes at Govan’s long-derelict Graving Dock, Glasgow, because of serious flood risk.

In a statement sent to The Planner, David Pirie, SEPA executive director, said: “The cornerstone of sustainable flood risk management is avoiding flood risk in the first place. SEPA’s flood map shows the majority of the site at Govan Graving Docks is located within the functional flood plain of the River Clyde. The flood risk framework of Scottish planning policy makes it clear that flood plains are generally not suitable for development.

“Our flood risk and planning experts do not consider the proposed flood risk management measures set out within the planning application to be sustainable and we have significant concerns regarding the flood risk for the site.

“We have objected in principle to the planning application on the grounds that the proposals may place buildings and persons at flood risk.”

ZM Architecture and New City Vision, the companies behind the project, had proposed raised finished floor levels (FFLs) set above basement car parking, the use of flood-resilient materials and an emergency evacuation plan.

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