Development of an independent hydrology audit methodology to support flood risk assessment in the planning process in Scotland

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Abstract

The recent flooding in the North East of Scotland has highlighted issues around climate change due to significant changes in duration, severity and volume of precipitation events. The Planning (PA) and Flood Authorities (FA) often do not have the capacity or resources to review and check the accuracy and robustness of the SUD schemes nor the calculations submitted by developers. This study demonstrates the development and application of an Independent Hydrology Audit (IHA) service aimed at auditing and reviewing ‘in principle’ planning applications from the aspect of flooding risk to the wider community the development is located within. The output of this service is to establish a more accurate representation of surface water impact from developments through the use of adequate green/blue infrastructure, provide a greater assurance to the communities at risk of flooding, and help the PA and FA meet their statutory obligations at the initial stage of planning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-571
Number of pages13
JournalWater and Environment Journal
Volume31
Issue number4
Early online date21 Jul 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

Keywords

  • flood risk
  • waterways and canals
  • social impact
  • town and city planning
  • sustainability
  • infrastructure
  • drainage and irrigation

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