Preferred Scheme

The Preferred Scheme is a combination of the best options, as determined by the Optional Appraisal Process during Stage 3 of the project design. These options have been combined to form a Flood Protection Scheme for Selkirk.

These options are summarised in the table below:

A Summary of the Preferred Scheme broken down by cell

Cell No. Cell Name Level of Protection Proposed Brief Description of Preferred Options
1 Philiphaugh (from Ettrick)

1 in 200 years

(plus climate change)

2100m of new Flood Embankments
110m of new Flood Walls
Defence line retreated from the line of existing defences at the river’s edge
2 Bannerfield (from Ettrick) None Already has approximately 1 in 60 years
It is proposed the Council undertake local Flood Works to reduce flood risk at this location (not included in the formal Preferred Scheme)
3 Riverside (from Ettrick)

1 in 200 years

(plus climate change)

1600m of new Flood Walls all along the river’s edge
Seepage collection behind the walls
Interaction with Pedestrian Bridges
4 Lindean (from Ettrick) None It is proposed the Council undertake local Flood Works to reduce flood risk at this location (not included in the formal Preferred Scheme)
5 Bannerfield & Philiphaugh (from Long Philip Burn)

1 in 100 years

(plus climate change)


Major conveyance improvements by widening and re-meandering the river adjacent Bannerfield
Works to Corbie Linn Bridge and Road
Remove A708 Bridge
Replace A707 Bridge
6 Riverside (from Shaw Burn)

1 in 200 years

(plus climate change)

Major conveyance improvements by widening and replacing culverts in the Riverside Business Park
7 St. Mary’s Loch N/A To provide a control system that will allow the water levels in the loch be managed for the purpose of storing flood waters during an event
8 Natural Flood Management N/A To undertake strategic measures across the whole catchment that will contribute to a reduction in flood risk to Selkirk, and provide a degree of ‘insurance’ against the increased risk posed by climate change in the future



A dedicated page has been designed to provided you with further details along with schematic illustrations of the options. To access these pages please click on the Cell No. or Cell Name in the table above.

A Report on the Preferred Scheme was presented to the Council Executive on 18th January 2011 for review. During that meeting it was formally approved and the Project Team then commenced with Project Stage 4 (Outline Design). For more information on the Approval of the Preferred Scheme by the Council Executive please see the January 2011 News.

If you would like to review the Report on the Preferred Scheme as presented to the Council Executive please click here.

The Project Team commenced with Project Stage 4 on 19th January 2011. This stage will see the Project Team develop the concepts identified in the Preferred Scheme and undertake an Outline Design on these concepts to determine if they are feasible as actual engineering works. This stage of the project will run from January 2011 until July 2011 and involves a huge amount of engineering design. A number of major surveys are being undertaken which will feed back additional information to the Project Team as the Outline Design continues. Specifically these surveys include Topographic Survey No. 2, Ground Investigation Survey No. 2 and Structural Survey No. 2. For more information on the Project Stage 4 Programme please click here.

Finally, it is worth noting that the Preferred Scheme is merely the best available 'snap-shot' of the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme as available to the Project Team in January 2011. The Scheme will be advanced and many of the options revised during the Outline Design Process. This will most probably result in a design that is better suited to Selkirk. The Project Team therefore invite you to avail of the various opportunities to become involved in the design process and assist us in developing the best possible flood protection scheme for Selkirk.