We are launching our corporate plan ‘Creating a better place 2014 to 2016’ this week. The plan reflects the many changes and challenges we have faced since 2011 when we published our corporate plan for the period 2011 to 2015.
Our primary purpose remains to protect and improve the environment for people and wildlife. We will have to prioritise our actions and reduce some of our activities but we will also keep our ambitions high.
The challenges of managing the environmental impact of population growth, floods, droughts and rising sea levels remain. But we can report progress in a number of areas. Since 2011, we have reduced the risk of flooding for more than 100,000 households. At the same time, we have cut administrative burdens for businesses by £25 million and stopped illegal activity at nearly 3,000 waste sites. Since 2000, pollution incidents have fallen by more than 50% and nearly a fifth less water is being taken from rivers. And since 2006 we’ve reduced our own carbon footprint by more than a third.
Our new plan means we are fit for the future, prioritising our investment and working with others to create local environments that enhance people’s lives and support sustainable growth.
You can read about our successes since we published the last corporate plan in 2011; our priorities, our funding and what our key performance measurements are.