Failure to meet NI EIP deadline ‘deeply regrettable’

OEP CEO Natalie Prosser wrote to DAERA about the failure to meet the 25 July statutory deadline for an Environmental Improvement Plan to be laid before the Assembly. 

Describing the failure as ‘deeply regrettable’ but acknowledging the reasons for it, she called for the delay to be kept to a minimum and for transparency around the plan to finalise the EIP. She added that the wider political context should not affect the ambition and content of the EIP. 

The OEP letter, and a response from DAERA Permanent Secretary Katrina Godfrey, can be found here. Additional correspondence was added to this page on Friday 22 September.