The Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet has approved £3.17million of funding towards the next stage of the delivery of the £46million Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Plan (MGSDP), the creation of its full business case.
The MGSDP – seen as an exemplar project in and beyond the UK through its partnership working on urban flooding – was formed to tackle the deficiencies in Glasgow’s drainage system. It is expected that by the end of the project, the improvements delivered will bring an annual economic boost of over £65million to the city-region and allow the building of 22,000 new homes on brownfield sites whose development is currently not economically viable.
In addition, the work will reduce the risk of flooding for more than 7,000 existing properties and over 30km of roads, delivering an annual £2.3million reduction in average damages and a drainage capacity of 4,747 litres per second.
The key objective of the MGSDP – which will deliver these improvements in 14 areas all across Glasgow – is to help increase sustainable economic growth in the Glasgow city region by removing drainage constraints to regeneration, including the facilitation of the regeneration of vacant and derelict land, and increasing GVA through reducing the negative impact of flooding. The removal of drainage constraints has been recognised as key to increasing Glasgow’s economic growth, in particular since the 2002 floods.
More recent national experience of flooding and its negative impact has emphasised the need for city regions to have robust flood defences and drainage provision in order to guard against negative economic consequences.
The project is a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Scottish Water, SEPA and other Clyde Valley local authorities.
Councillor Frank McAveety, Chair of the Glasgow City Region City Deal Cabinet, said:
“The drainage plan will help to deliver 22,000 new homes, many new jobs and a huge economic boost to the Glasgow city region. This plan is a great example of how City Deal funding can enable development that would otherwise not happen, bringing tremendous economic and social benefit. This fantastic project will unlock a huge amount of the area’s economic potential, and prevent the impact of flooding on residents and businesses.”