Previously, such consultation was voluntary and often ignored, but now plans for significant housing developments on flood plains
which go against the agency's advice will be referred to the Government.
Mr Moss added: " In the past few years the technology of collecting ground data from the air has got much better with the result that the flood plain
maps are now more accurate."
Gordon O'Brien, o Fontmell Close, Walsgrave, who is chairman of the Wyken Residents' Group, said: "Gordon Brown has just announced plans to build thousands of new homes over the next few years, but when it gets to the point where they are building on flood plains
But if someone has bought a property on a known flood plain
should the taxpayer really bail them out?
The biblical downpour broke the river Wansbeck's banks forcing 400 people to be evacuated while sustained flooding wrought havoc over 1,000 properties situated on the flood plain
. Only 62 properties survived the deluge.
What we need to do is if someone is proposing to build in a flood plain
they should be making what they are developing much more resilient against flooding.
Look at the recent floods - we recently had cars floating in the Middlesbrough College car park, another flood plain
. People may well be endangered through ambulances being held up in the traffic on Marton Road.
However, environmentalists fear that the relief road would have a negative impact on the Gwent Levels flood plain
- a site of special scientific interest.
They had made a mistake, the area was no longer a C2 flood plain
and they withdrew their objections.
"The Impact of Climate Change and Population Growth on the National Flood Insurance Program" predicts that because of climate change, for inland areas, the average increase in both the river depth and the area in the flood plain
are expected to increase by 45 percent by 2100.
The Wentloog Levels site, which is supposed to be in the highly protected Gwent Levels GSSS1 and entirely within the flood plain
is also in isolated open countryside which should not be included for strategic development.
Nationally, development in the flood plain
increased by 12 per cent (210,000 properties), compared to seven per cent in the rest of England over the past ten years.