The Scheme’s Project Board meet and
agree on the Project Team’s proposals to take forward the detailed
design through 2013.
The Project Team develop a plan and
programme for taking forward the detailed design throughout 2013. This
means that the Scheme will be fully designed, detailed and specified by
January 2014, such that the Council could take forward the tendering
process for constructing the Scheme in the first half of 2014.
Construction of the flood protection works is still dependent on the
Scottish Government confirming that Scheme funding is available. A
decision on funding is expected in the summer of 2013.
A notable high flow event occurs on the
Long Philip Burn on 22nd November, resulting in the Angles field
filling with water and temporary closure of the A708.
The Project Team meet with a number of
key landowners and stakeholders to identify constraints and
opportunities that will arise during the detailed design.
The deemed planning permission for the
Scheme is granted by Scottish Ministers with a series of relatively
standard conditions. This now means that only outstanding approval
which is required is the third CAR licence and further discussion with
SEPA and stakeholders takes place.
Additional ecological survey
information is gathered around St Mary’s Loch to help with the third
CAR licence application
The six week period for objection
against the scheme’s process ends on 29th August and the scheme becomes
operational. This means that the Council have the legal powers to
implement the Scheme.
The necessary processes required to
achieve deemed planning consent are commenced
May to July 2012
Two of the three licences required
under the Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR) are granted by SEPA,
which means that the engineering works in Selkirk and at St Mary’s Loch
are able to be constructed. Further discussion with SEPA and other
stakeholders over the third CAR licence takes place, which is
associated with the proposed modifications to the level of St Mary’s
Loch. Notification of scheme’s confirmation with a modification is made
to all 1750 affected landowners on 19th July. This notification
commences a six week period where objections can only be received with
regard to the legal process through which the scheme has been published.
The Project Team discuss the issues
which led to the sole objector submitting their objection. A
satisfactory conclusion was reached with a minor modification to the
alignment of the proposed works and the objector formally withdrew
their objection on 26th April.
The period for receiving valid
objections ended on 21st March 2012, with one valid objection received.
This was considered to be a remarkable achievement, given the number of
people potentially affected by the proposed works. The Project Team
promptly began to discuss the issues associated with objection.
The Project Team identified that there
was a minor omission in the documentation submitted as part of the
initial notification process and it was determined that the Scheme
should be re-notified and re-advertised. The Scheme was re-notified on
the 22nd February 2012
The Project Team undertook a major
exercise to determine the properties that may be affected by the
Scheme. The legislation under which the Scheme is promoted makes it
clear that all affected parties required to be notified of the
intention to publish a flood protection scheme. A notification letter
was sent to each of the 1750 addresses on the property database,
advising that the scheme was being taken forward and that a 28 day
period for objection applied. Advertisements were placed in the Border
Telegraph, the Southern Reporter, the Selkirk Advertiser and the