Your many recent articles on flooding relate only to England and Wales. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, there are quite different systems in place to manage flooding and flood risk and quite different legislation.
In Scotland, for example, planning and flooding guidelines have been in use since 1995, and every planning application since then has required to be supported by a flood risk assessment. England and Wales have only started the process this year.
Scotland also has legislation requiring local authorities to maintain water courses. And it has no Environment Agency - responsibility for flooding is placed with local authorities and thus with directly elected local politicians. And it seems to be working so far.
John Riddell, john@fairlie586. freeserve.co. uk