07. The Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership

Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership Vision

The Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership is a nationally significant exemplar of catchment-scale water and drainage infrastructure planning. This project is needed to better service existing communities, unlock potential development sites and to build greater resilience to long-term climate change. Further key projects will be delivered within the lifetime of NPF3, ensuring that aspirations for regeneration and growth are supported by improved infrastructure capacity.

Implementation Lead(s): Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership

Locations: East Dunbartonshire; East Renfrewshire; Glasgow City; North Lanarkshire; Renfrewshire; South Lanarkshire; West Dunbartonshire

Further reading:
Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership

Environmental Mitigation: SEA of project in progress. Explore scope to add value through links with green infrastructure projects.

National Planning Framework 3 Strategic Environmental Assessment (as updated)
National Planning Framework 3 Habitats Regulation Appraisal

Ongoing Activity and Milestones:
Implement the Vision and Guiding Principles of the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership, to transform how the city region thinks about and manages rainfall to end uncontrolled flooding and improve water quality.

Action Update:
Briefing sessions / presentations have been rolled-out within the partner organisations to share and communicate the Vision and Guiding Principles of the MSDGP.

Pro-active external comms to spread the message of the vision / guiding principles and the work of the MGSDP is ongoing. This includes: biannual distribution of newsletters project specific public engagement events and participation at industry events / workshops and presentations such as the Institution of Civil Engineers Flooding Conference, June 30, 2016, the CIWEM Scottish Symposium, May 5, 2016, the Liveable Cities – Flooding and Climate Change Seminar, November 8, 2016 and the Risk, Resilience and Response in a Changing Climate Conference, January 31, 2017. The MGSDP also chaired a session, led a challenge event and hosted an excursion to the east end of Glasgow for the 3rd European Climate Change Adaptation Conference held in Glasgow, 5th to 9th June 2017.

The MGSDP website – www.mgsdp.org – has been updated to a more modern, mobile friendly and accessible, format. The website highlights the Vision and Guiding Principles of the MGSDP, and highlights what we can all do to reduce the risks and impacts of flooding. In addition, an MGSDP Twitter profile is now active – @The_MGSDP – to help raise the profile of the MGSDP and highlight key items of interest from the partners and wider industry.

A video has been produced to highlight and promote the MGSDP Vision and Guiding Principles.

A Framework for Assessment of Project Success in the Delivery of the Guiding Principles has been created for use on MGSDP projects.

The Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet has approved the first stage of funding for £918million worth of infrastructure projects. Outline Business Case approval for MGSDP projects includes approximately £38m of sustainable, integrated urban design and surface water management projects. Each project is dependent on approval of a detailed Business Case.

The first MGSDP badged City Deal project – the Camlachie Burn Realignment Project – has now received Full Business Case approval for award of the detailed design and construction contract, with an anticipated start on site in summer 2017. This project will reduce the risks and impacts of flooding by removing two key hydraulic pinchpoints on the watercourse and opening up a section of the existing culvert. This will facilitate development and urban regeneration in the east end of Glasgow.

Facilitate and promote integrated, collaborative working between partners and key stakeholders, in line with the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.

Action Update:
A Framework for Assessment of Integrated Working has been developed and is available here.


A Delivery Strategy (short term) to capture current and future partner projects has been developed. Sharing of this information to ensure all partners have visibility of projects to support collaborative, integrated working and the development of Integrated projects that are delivered jointly between partners.

Targets and Metrics for the Long Term Delivery Strategy have been defined, to help drive implementation of the MGSDP Vision and Guiding Principles.

Delivery of Phase 4 Detailed Design of the North Glasgow Integrated Water Management Strategy to utilise the Canal as s surface water management asset to reduce the risk of flooding and facilitate the regeneration of North Glasgow is on-going.

The NGIWMS project is a key element of the Canal & North Gateway masterplan which has recently been successful in securing SNH Green Infrastructure Funding to enhance green space along the canal corridor between Firhill and Port Dundas, including creation of a local nature reserve.

The Greater Easterhouse Integrated Green Infrastructure project, linked to the delivery of the Cardowan and Cockenzie Street Surface Water Management Plans, has also been successful in securing SNH Green Infrastructure Funding to provide large scale enhancement of green infrastructure which will give local people links to a wide network of green space including the Seven Lochs area. The project will also benefit a nationally important population of water voles.

For more information on the Green Infrastructure Fund, visit the website – http://www.greeninfrastructurescotland.org.uk/news/first-two-green-infrastructure-projects-announced

Collaborative working has facilitated the delivery of a pragmatic, phased approach to mitigating sewer flooding in the vicinity of Shafton Road, Glasgow, which has already resulted in 4 potential flooding incidents, with potential to impact on more than 60 properties, being avoided.

The partners are also working in a collaborative manner to deliver and number of surface water management plan (SWMP), natural flood management (NFM) and integrated catchment study (ICS) projects across the area.

On May 6, 2016, a presentation from Tom Liptan (former city drainage planner for Portland, Oregon) on his experience of implementing SuDS / green infrastructure in the USA over the past 15 years, was well received by the MGSDP as a positive example of collaborative working to deliver retrofit interventions, from which to draw inspiration and direction.

The MGSDP partners participated in the Climate Ready Clyde Inception meeting on November 25, 2016.

Planning authority development plans to reflect the plans, Guiding Principles and projects of the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership.

Action Update

The Strategic Development Plan (SDP) for the Glasgow City Region was approved, with modifications,by Scottish Ministers on July 24, 2017. The SDP sets out a development strategy over the next 20 years of where new development should be located and a policy framework to help deliver sustainable economic growth, shape good quality places and enhance the quality of life in the Glasgow city region. The Plan has fully embedded the MGSDP’s Vision and Guiding Principles into its approach to managing flood risk and drainage across the Glasgow City Region, supporting both a catchment based approach as well as enabling economic development, improvements in water quality and reducing flooding. The approved SDP can be accessed via the Clydeplan website – www.clydeplan-sdpa.gov.uk/.

In April 2017, Clydeplan published its Development Plan Scheme and Participation Statement (April 2017 – April 2018). Further information and a copy of the Development Plan Scheme and Participation Statement is available here – https://www.clydeplan-sdpa.gov.uk/latest-news/123-updated-development-plan-scheme-and-participation-statement-2017-18-published

The Glasgow City Development Plan was adopted on March 29th, 2017 and is available here – https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=16186. This new local development plan replaces Glasgow City Plan 2 (2009) and sets out Glasgow City Council’s land use strategy and provides the basis for assessing planning applications. The Glasgow City Development Plan should be read in conjunction with the Glasgow and the Clyde Valley SDP and relevant statutory supplementary guidance, which aligns with the MGSDP Vision and Guiding Principles.

Deliver retrofit interventions to actively combat challenges facing the MGSDP region.

Action Update
A director of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) (NPF3 National Development No. 6) is a core MGSDP Board member thus helping to strengthen existing collaborative working between these two NPF National Development projects.

The delivery of SWMP and NFM projects and review of roads maintenance plans by MGSDP partners is on going with a core aim of identifying retrofit interventions.

Public engagement events for a number of the SWMPs have been held, the most recent being a series of events in Easterhouse, Cranhill, High Knightswood, Springburn and Hillington through May / June / July 2017, with feedback being used to define a short-list of options for further analysis.

Public engagement events were also held throughout February and March 2016 to raise awareness of flood risk in general, the publication of the Clyde and Loch Lomond Flood Risk Management Strategy (available via the SEPA website) in December 2015, and the development and publication of the Local Flood Risk Management Plan in June 2016, as required by the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.

Through November 2016, Glasgow City Council Flood Risk Management Team attended 8no. Community Area Partnership meetings across Glasgow to engage and raise awareness of the progress of the City Deal SWMPs, the Clyde and Loch Lomond Local Flood Risk Management Plan, the SEPA National Flood Risk Maps and the MGSDP Vision and Guiding Principles.

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