...Well there you go! nothing is ever simple is it? I stand corrected!
Someone writing a letter to the Daily Mirror echoed some of my own thoughts on the matter the other day, if they are going to build lots of house on flood plains, why not just come up with a different house design? either build them on stilts or make them so that the bottom floor is merely a storage space for items that wouldn't suffer much damage in the event of a flood and have the living area upstairs. Garages could be accessed via a ramp or maybe have a raised communal area where people could leave their cars if a flood was imminent. And also make it a condition that you couldn't tarmac or pave over your garden so water would soak away quicker? Surely it's not beyond the wit of some architect to come up with decent ideas?
...Any architects out there?