Newton Stewart Flood Protection Scheme

A Strategic Flood Risk Appraisal was carried out by Dumfries and Galloway Council in 2007 which highlighted Newton Stewart as one of the top five settlements in the region in terms of the numbers of properties at risk of flooding. Subsequently SEPA published their National Flood Risk Assessment in December 2011 identifying Newton Stewart a Potentially Vulnerable Area (PVA).

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The Project Team held an 'engagement week' in September 2021 which included drop-in session and site meetings at properties where defences are to be constructed.

Discussions with owners highlighted the need to do additional survey work in order to provide more detailed information on the height and location of the flood defences.

The Council have now appointed Aspect Surveys to carry out this work and this will be done in two phases:

20-22 December 2021 - survey of open and accessible areas.

6-21 January - survey of enclosed garden areas.

Once this work is completed the Project Team will prepare the new plans and information and hold further discussions with property owners.

The programme for the Scheme at present is as follows:

  •  Undertake further surveys, engagement, and revise publication documents Q1 to Q2 2022.
  • Report to Communities Committee for approval to publish Q3 2022.
  • Publication Process Q3 to Q4 2022.
  • Report to Communities Committee Q4 2022.
  • Notification to Scottish Government Q1 2023.

Additional information on the Scheme can be found on the interactive pdf below or the background documents further down the page.

NSFP Interactive PDF

Background and Additional Information

This provides details on the background to the project and previous work carried out.

Following significant flooding events in Newton Stewart in 2012 and 2015, Kaya Consulting Ltd were commissioned to undertake hydraulic modelling of the river and flood levels.

The engineering, environment and design consultancy company SWECO have been appointed to develop a sustainable flood protection scheme for Newton Stewart. The scheme will be based on the work undertaken by Kaya Consulting Ltd who will provide hydraulic modelling services to aid the design.

Following a review of the work previously undertaken, and with the help of the local community, SWECO produced a list of all suggested options put forward as a solution to the flooding. 

A Value Management (VM) meeting was then held to discuss the long list and reduce this to a short list of options:

A VM2 meeting was held on the 7 November 2017 to consider the 10 options from the VM meeting and to select the preferred option(s).

The outcome of this meeting was that 3 options were recommended to be taken forward to outline design 

The first Community Engagement sessions were held in November and December 2017.

The Council and SWECO then developed the preferred options into an outline design and these were presented to a VM3 meeting on 5 June 2018.

The second engagment event was held in June 2018.

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If you require any further information contact the Flood Risk Management Team at Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Page last updated: 20/12/2021
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