Aberdeenshire Council Insch
JBA Consulting DBA

Option Appraisal

What has been done so far?


A detailed set of preliminary investigations has been carried out to inform all aspects of the Insch Flood Study and to help identify the most environmentally and socially acceptable solutions. Investigations required to generate up to date flood maps included a review of flood history, an assessment of the hydrological inputs to the catchments, collection and review of survey data, asset condition assessment, hydraulic modelling of the river and revised flood mapping. Once the flood maps and flood mechanisms were fully understood a set of wider assessments were undertaken (a River Basin Management Plan review, an assessment of Natural Flood Management opportunities in the catchment, a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal) to inform the appraisal of suitable flood mitigation measures. The study aims to better assess current flood risks at Insch by undertaking a review of past flood events; generating updated and detailed flood maps, determining the likely risk to different properties; and to propose a set of mitigation measures to reduce the flood risk to an acceptable level.


What are we planning next?


The long-list options and the resulting short-listed options will be prepared and reviewed by specialists within Aberdeenshire Council. SEPA has reviewed a number of technical aspects of the work undertaken thus far to ensure technical standards are being met. The preferred options will be presented to the public in Summer 2019. The purpose of these meetings are to ensure that the community is aware of the proposals, obtain their thoughts on the proposals and to gather any wider issues or concerns that the public may have so that these can be considered in the next stage of the design. The ultimate aim of the public meetings is to gain consensus in the proposals. A set of reports is being prepared to summarise the work undertaken and to provide a detailed explanation of the various steps carried out.


What standards are we aiming for?


The long list of options has been assessed against a number of critical success factors:

The Scottish Government do not specify design standards for flood protection schemes. However, the standard of protection against flooding typically used in Scotland is the 0.5% AP flood (200 year). This standard is the level of protection required for most types of residential and commercial/industrial development as defined by Scottish Planning Policy (SPP). Based on the above guidance the aim of the scheme will be to assess options up to the 0.5% AP (200 year) plus climate change flood if possible, but to test lower return period events if appropriate. 


What are the shortlisted options


Links to the shortlisted options for each area to follow.

Option Appraisal - Insch Flood Studies