After section 36

Part of Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:19 pm on 13th May 2009.

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Photo of Karen Gillon Karen Gillon Labour 3:19 pm, 13th May 2009

Thank you, Presiding Officer.

When asked whether there was any merit in having a statutory requirement for a flood risk assessment and for finding and developing a solution to manage any flood risk before an individual development is given consent, SEPA responded positively. Even Homes for Scotland expressed concern about ambiguity in interpretation and evident loopholes and recommended that the policy be reviewed.

The committee was very clear that a statutory requirement was needed to ensure that the planning system was clear and transparent: sufficient evidence must be available to prove—or sufficient time must be taken to ensure—that mitigation will be done and works will be carried out before planning permission is granted. The evidence to the committee was that it was very difficult to get that work undertaken once planning permission had been granted.

I hope that Parliament will see that these measures are positive, that they will aid the process and that they will ensure that we do not take short-term decisions that will, in the end, have long-term impacts and lead to unnecessary flooding. I ask the chamber to support the two amendments in my name.

I move amendment 13.