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25-year environment plan can still leave legacy

11 April 2017

This morning (11 April) the BBC ran its take on a leaked copy of the Government’s forthcoming 25-year plan for the environment.

The 25-year plan has been delayed a number of times in the past year, and there is now speculation of further delays. The BBC has reported that the plan contains a bold vision for the future, but seems to lack clear policies for achieving that vision.

Emma Marrington, landscape campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), is keen to emphasise that the draft plan is just a framework and that it forms the basis for further discussion on policy. It also contains a number of very positive elements.

Emma argues that the plan must be afforded significant funding and power if it is to leave the environmental legacy so desired by Government and so crucial to our health and wellbeing.

Emma Marrington, landscape campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), comments:

“While the draft framework is policy-light, there are some very good things in the plan. We are particularly heartened to hear that Government recognises the importance of England’s landscapes and the value of a thriving natural environment, and is pledging to develop proposals to manage noise and reduce light pollution.

“We urge the Government to give the plan serious weight. It must be given sufficient, significant funding and be enshrined in law to make sure all Government departments take notice. If we intend to tackle soil damage and water pollution, we must tie agricultural funding to environmental benefits and encourage a wider mix of farms that foster a variety of food and landscapes. If we are to protect our nature and countryside, rules on waste and resources cannot be watered down.

“Improving our natural environment is vital to our health and wellbeing, and the 25-year plan is the opportunity to enable future generations to enjoy a prospering countryside. We are hopeful that the final plan will reflect that.”

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