'Revising planning policy guidance in itself is not enough. John Prescott's plans to concrete over England's green fields are putting more of the country at risk from flooding. Excessive greenfield development, not just on floodplains, undermines the natural ability of land and rivers to absorb excess rainwater.'
''Flooding is a major issue for an increasing number of communities. They are frustrated by the muddle of a government that has taken them seven years to promise us a 'final strategy' sometime next year. The message that people want to hear is action today not consultation tomorrow'.
The government's planning policy on flooding was published in July 2001 in Planning Policy Guidance Note (PPG) 25 Development and Flood Risk.