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Defra’s 25-year plan could face further delay

michael gove

Defra has no schedule for publication of its long-awaited 25-year environment plan, it has been reported.

The plan was due to be published last year, but had been delayed by the EU referendum and this year’s general election. According to The Independent, the department has now said there is no timeframe for its release.

The environment plan was included in the Conservative manifesto, but no mention was made in the Queen’s Speech.

Steve Lee, general director of Resources & Waste UK, a partnership between the Environmental Services Association and the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, has written to environment secretary Michael Gove urging him to consider waste and resources in the 25-year plan.

Following the Independent report, Lee said on social media it was worrying that the plan may be delayed again despite “warm words” from Gove.

MRW asked Defra for comment on the plan last week, but received no response.

In October last year resources minister Therese Coffey said recycling would feature in the 25-year plan.

A framework document setting out the scope of the plan was originally scheduled for release in spring 2016. 

In February, Environmental Audit Committee chair Mary Creagh wrote to the then environment secretary Andrea Leadsom urging her to publish the framework before the triggering of Article 50 for the UK to leave the EU in order to “inform the Government’s negotiating position”.

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