A damn good post!!...............houses on flood plains are usually for the "better off"............let them pay!!Once again the planners are assuming that the best way to deal with flood water is to get it into the sea asap. If that means that our rivers become uninteresting drains with a flash flood replacing shallow and stagnant pools for 95% of the time then I for one do not want anything to do with it. During times of flood these drains offer no protection to fish fry which will get washed downstream.
The flood plains were there naturally for a very good reason. To take flood water that then seeped back into the river and into the underground natural reservoirs over days if not weeks. The flow levels were kept up all year round and water abstraction didn't have as much effect. Now at a time of drought in the south east they want to get as much good clean drinking water into the sea asap!
Surely we know enough now for someone in authority to say "stop! that has been tried before and failed, what we need are flood lagoons to take the extra water and release it back into the system over weeks.
Also, make the people who have their houses on the flood plain pay for it. I don't see why I should.