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:

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, and works commenced on site in November 2017. This project will reduce the risks and impacts of flooding by removing two key hydraulic pinch points 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.

*** MGSDP Framework for Assessment of Integrated Working template to be embedded in MGSDP NPF3 page ***

The partners continue to share information on current and future projects 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.

Glasgow City Council received Committee approval to enter into the Drainage Partnership Agreement with Scottish Canals and Scottish Water for the second MGSDP badged City Deal project – The North Glasgow Integrated Water Management Scheme (NGIWMS) – on 30 November 2017, to underpin the concept and funding of the project, which will utilise the Canal as a surface water management asset to reduce the risk of flooding and facilitate the regeneration of North Glasgow. Pre-construction activities are being progressed, with the aim to award the Canal Works Contract early 2018.

The NGIWMS project is a key element of the Canal & North Gateway masterplan which has secured SNH Green Infrastructure Funding in addition to City Deal funding noted above, 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. This project will commence works on site in the first half of 2018.

The Hillington SWMP is also collaborating with Southside Housing Association to deliver surface water management interventions as part of the Halfway Community Park SNH Green Infrastructure Funded project.

For more information on the SNH Green Infrastructure Fund, visit the website – http://www.greeninfrastructurescotland.org.uk/

The partners are also working in a collaborative manner to deliver surface water management plan (SWMP), natural flood management (NFM) and integrated catchment study (ICS) projects across the area, along with other Actions identified in the Clyde and Loch Lomond (CaLL) Local Flood Risk Management Plan.

In September 2017, the MGSDP held a workshop, with senior level representation from all partners and key stakeholders, to consider the main challenges facing the MGSDP and wider industry, and identify key actions to focus on in the coming years. Detailed action planning is currently underway and will inform the MGSDP work programme for the coming period.

The MGSDP also continues to engage with Climate Ready Clyde to develop a strategy and action plan to ensure a resilient Glasgow City Region. Further information is available via the Climate Ready Clyde website – https://www.sniffer.org.uk/climatereadyclyde.

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 is currently the subject of an appeal to the Court of Session which will be heard on 6th and 7th February 2018. 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 October 2017, Clydeplan published the SDP Action Programme. The Action Programme sets out how Clydeplan will seek to work with other stakeholders to implement the Vision, Spatial Development Strategy and related elements of the SDP. A copy of the Action Programme can be accessed via the Clydeplan website (see link above).

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 ongoing, with a core aim of identifying retrofit interventions.

Public engagement events for numerous SWMPs have been held through 2017 for locations such as Easterhouse, Cranhill, High Knightswood, Springburn, South East Glasgow and Hillington, with feedback being used to define / refine preferred option selection for further analysis and to develop detailed design.

Through late 2016 / early 2017, Glasgow City Council Flood Risk Management Team attended 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.

Clyde Gateway continues to lead sustainable regeneration in the East End of Glasgow and has successfully completed a number of key surface water management interventions, including the South Dalmarnock Regional SuDS pond and retrofit highway bio-retention in Carstairs St – see images below:-

South Dalmarnock Regional SuDS Pond

South Dalmarnock Regional SuDS Pond

Carstairs St Retrofit Highway Bioretention

Carstairs St Retrofit Highway Bioretention




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