SEPA raises flooding concerns over 700-home Govan Graving Docks plan

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has lodged an objection to plans for more than 700 homes at Govan Graving Docks warning that the new properties would be at risk of flooding if the project went ahead.

ZM Architecture and New City Vision unveiled plans in March to bring the site back into use after 40 years of dereliction with the creation of 750 homes in a series of buildings ranging from four to 15 storeys in height.

Following a public consultation, plans for the area were updated in November to include up to 800 homes, a hotel, shops, restaurants and office space.

The proposal extends the Clyde Walkway at an area currently closed to the public and there will be heritage centre telling the story of the docks.

However environmental agency SEPA has warned that “significant parts of the site” are within the ‘high probability’ flood extent.

They added: “We are also concerned about the potential increased flood risk to surrounding people and properties as a consequence of introducing buildings into the flood plain.

“We therefore object in principle to the planning application on the grounds that the proposal may put buildings and persons at flood risk contrary to Scottish Planning Policy and our position is unlikely to change.”

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative (CDPI) welcome the objection which it said echoes its own “very serious concerns” about the unsuitability of the flood risk assessment and the proposed mitigation measures in the housing proposals.

It said: “Objections have already been lodged by Historic Environment Scotland and West of Scotland Archaeology Service. While it is clear neither Scottish Water nor Scottish Natural Heritage received sufficient information to arrive at a fully informed view of the proposals.

“We cannot envisage that Planning Officers would recommend that the Planning Applications Committee contravene the advice of statutory consultees by approving the NCV Ltd planning application.”

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