Absent without leave
What does the election mean for the stalled 25-year environment plan?
Never has the phrase ‘a week is a long time in politics’ felt as relevant as it does today, so why at a time when a long-term vision is most needed is Defra delaying its 25-year Environment Plan?
The Conservative party set out its aims for the plan in its 2015 manifesto to ensure the next generation inherits a better environment than the one we live in today, with cleaner air, water and seas, healthier wildlife, a low carbon economy and greater resource efficiency.
The plan was due for release in December. The Environmental Audit Committee stated that it was essential that the government consults on and publishes the plan as soon as possible so it could inform negotiations to leave the EU.
The environment minister has repeatedly stated that the launch will be ‘soon’. However, it was widely reported ...