Flood alleviation schemes

Caol and Lochyside flood protection

Progress and update


Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009

Flood Risk Management (Flood Protection Schemes, Potentially Vulnerable Areas and Local Plan Districts) (Scotland) Regulations 2010


The Highland Council hereby gives notice that Mr Martin Seddon BSc, MPhil, DipTP, MRTPI, Reporter has been appointed to hold a hearing into and to report with respect to an objection to the above scheme.   The hearing is open to the public to observe proceedings and will commence at 10am on Thursday 28 March at Kilmallie Free Church, Glenpane Street, Caol, PH33 7AU.  It is expected that the hearing will last for 1 day. 

The Statements of Case and responses to the Statements of Case can be viewed here.

Statements of case and responses

On 16 August 2018, our Environment, Development and Infrastructure committee made a preliminary decision to confirm the flood scheme without modification. This decision was made following an objection to the scheme, received during the notice period. The decision therefore was referred to the Scottish Government for consideration. 

On 5 September 2018, we notified Scottish Ministers of our decision to confirm the scheme without modification with one objection still in place.

On 27 September 2018, Scottish Ministers advised us that they did not wish to call in the scheme for further consideration. In addition the Scottish Ministers confirmed that an independent reporter should be appointed by us to hold a hearing on the proposed scheme.

A date for the hearing has been set for Thursday the 28 of March 2019 at 10am in Kilmallie Free Church, Glenpane Street, Caol, PH33 7AU.  It is expected that the hearing will last for 1 day.

Formal Flood Protection Scheme Notice

The formal flood protection scheme notice was published at the end of April 2018.

The documents relating to the Scheme:

The documents were available to view in Caol Library and at The Highland Council headquarters at Glenurquhart Road, Inverness during the notice period.

You can email any queries or clarifications you have regarding the scheme to caol&lochyside.fps@highland.gov.uk or phone 01408 635313.

Public exhibition 16th May 2018 Caol Community Centre

Council officials and the council’s flood protection consultant held an information event on the 16th of May in Caol Community Centre.  They explained the latest design for the scheme and provided information on the Flood Protection Scheme procedure.  An updated fly through animation of the scheme was shown as well as the scheme drawings and illustrative display boards.

Fly through animation



Caol and Lochyside lie to the north of the River Lochy confluence with Loch Linnhe.  These areas have historically been subject to flooding from both tidal and fluvial sources, with the last significant flood event occurring in 2005 from a storm surge in Loch Linnhe combined with relatively high flows in the River Lochy.

In response to this historic flooding, The Highland Council commissioned a number of studies to investigate flood risk in this area and to develop an outline Flood Prevention Scheme. 

A draft flood protection scheme was designed and presented to the community for comment in 2015, the presentation included a fly through animation.  A further version was presented for comment in 2016 which again included a fly through animation and also mock ups on the shore and along the river bank to illustrate the height of the flood works. 

Following the consultation in 2016 and feedback received from the community, the design of the flood scheme was amended to remove the flood wall on the embankment at the shore. The current embankment has been designed so that it can accommodate a flood wall in the future if it proves necessary.

Public exhibition March 2016 at Kilmallie Free Church

Caol Flood Protection Scheme – Fly through animation

Public exhibition May 2015 at Kilmallie Free Church

Caol Flood Protection Scheme – Fly through animation


JBA Consulting's report on Caol and Lochyside Flood Protection Scheme Appraisal (Final version 1.1 October 2014) in 4 parts

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