UK flood prevention plans delayed
10 January 2014 Last updated at 13:57 GMT
A four-year delay to rules meant to prevent new housing developments making flooding worse could finally be ended.
Policy has been paralysed, with builders rejecting demands that they should install ponds and grassy hollows to catch water running off roofs.
There is still deadlock on this but it is understood that a deal has been reached over who pays to maintain any new anti-flood landscape features.
Roger Harrabin reports.