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SEPA Planning Guidance Seminar 2017 - Perth

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SEPA are running two afternoon seminars in November 2017 to update Scotland’s land use planners on our range of new and updated planning guidance on flood risk, heat networks and the water environment.

This workshop will be suitable for both Development Planning and Development Management staff. Please note that this event is for Local Authority and key agency staff.

The programme for the Perth session:

  • 12:15 - Registration and Buffet Lunch
  • 13:00 - Welcome and introduction
  • 13:15 - Session 1: The role of the water environment in placemaking
  • 15:45 - Q and A
  • 14:00 - Session 2: Flood Risk
  • 14:30 - Q and A
  • 14:45 - Tea and Coffee Break
  • 15:00 - Session 3: Heat Networks
  • 15:30 - Q and A
  • 15:45 - Round up
  • 16:00 - Close


Session 1: The role of the water environment in placemaking

Planning Authorities have numerous statutory duties related to the protection and improvement of the water environment, and have been designated “responsible authorities” in respect of the overarching Water Framework Directive.

Considering proposed development sites in the context of the water environment from the outset of the development plan process and the earliest stage of development design should be key elements of placemaking. This allows any ‘showstoppers’ to be identified, best practice considered, and opportunities realised when proposals are at their most fluid, keeping costs to a minimum.

Consideration of how a site sits within and can contribute to the wider blue-green network supports the creation of a unique sense of place. The positive contribution that blue- green infrastructure can make in in delivering land use planning objectives is well documented: ensuring high quality open space provision, supporting biodiversity, providing an important educational resource, and contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Greenspace around watercourses can contribute to sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS), provide space for cycle and walkways in support of sustainable travel objectives, and provide resilience to flooding.

Session 1 will highlight key water environment considerations related to placemaking, and the social, economic and environmental benefits associated with their early consideration.


Session 2: Flood Risk

In early August 2017, we published new and updated guidance relating to flood risk and land use planning.

With 108,000 existing properties in Scotland at risk of flooding (almost three quarters of which are residential), and an additional 60,000 predicted to be put at risk in future due to climate change, and a cost of £252 million in expected annual flood damages, the planning system has a critical role to play in ensuring that new development doesn’t add to this total.

This is the first time that we have published flood risk guidance on the development management aspect of land use planning, and its publication completes our suite of flood risk and land use planning guidance already available online for development planning. The purpose of the guidance is to inform our response to planning consultations, and you will see it being referred to in our responses from now on.

Session 2 will update you on the new parts of our guidance, as well as what has been updated and what has changed.


Session 3: Heat Networks

As part of its climate change and renewable energy targets, The Scottish Government has ambitions to deliver 11% of non-electrical heat and 1.5TWh of district heating by 2020, and connect 40,000 houses to heat networks by 2020.

The planning system has a key role to play in achieving these ambitions, whether it is through planning for new heat networks, enabling new development to utilise heat that is already being created by industrial processes, or harnessing renewable heat sources for new developments.

To inform our responses to planning consultations, SEPA published development plan guidance on heat networks in 2015, followed by development management guidance in 2016.

Session 3 will outline SEPA’s role in heat networks, and provide some insight into what our guidance says and how it can support the planning system in delivering the Scottish Government’s ambitions and targets.


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