Besides, there are some issues – such as what level of flood risk is acceptable – that only governments have the democratic authority to decide.
I think the risk of the River Avon running through the kitchen is something that putative buyers of a property can work out for themselves. Possibly in conjunction with whoever writes their flood insurance.
We would never think it \”democratic\” to insist that people must live in a flood plain. So why would we think it so that we insist they do not?