According to the Department of Communities and Local Government it has just published "advice for planners on managing flood risk". For anyone remotely interested it stems from this consultation that the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister had a few years ago.
The result is this magnificant document. Now I don't expect anyone to read it, it's far too boring, just trust me when I point out one of the key points it makes is that the risk of flooding along with mitigation must be paramount in all planning decisions that get taken.
It's important to stress that this publication does not come from the same Department that has pushed through building projects on the flood plain known as the Thames Gateway without the mitigation of sufficiently protecting the properties being built.
That was done by a completely different John Prescott, Ruth Kelly, ODPM and DCLG. In fact any resemblance to persons and Government department living or dead is purely coincidental.