The objective of the project was to deliver a flood protection study to consider options to reduce coastal flood risk within Stonehaven and Cowie. The study considered both existing and future flood and erosion risk to the frontage and saw the development of a ‘long list’ of potential options to manage this risk. The long list was be screened to a ‘short list’ of short, medium and long term options using multi-criteria analysis; this type of analysis allowed for the consideration of more than just the engineering based pros and cons of each option, incorporating socio-economic, environmental, built heritage, landscape and tourism issues into the mix. Benefit-cost calculations based upon the short list options were subsequently reduce the list to a preferred option, which aims to bring all of the important issues within Stonehaven and Cowie together.
This preferred option was submitted to SEPA for prioritisation at the end of 2019.