Councils ask for Third Runway judicial review

Heathrow planes Local councils around Heathrow have launched an application for a judicial review of Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon’s decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow.

Authorities backing the challenge include Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Hillingdon, Kensington and Chelsea, Richmond upon Thames, Wandsworth and Windsor and Maidenhead councils. All are members of the 2M Group opposed to Heathrow expansion.

The case is also being backed by the Mayor of London, Greenpeace, RSPB, WWF, CPRE,  HACAN and the Sipson residents group NOTRAG.

The local authorities will argue that the Government failed to conduct a lawful consultation process and arrived at a decision on a potentially half-capacity third runway, which was different to the fully operational runway in the consultation.They will claim that the decision was irrational in a number of areas including the economic case, noise, air quality and public transport impacts and the approach to climate change issues, and that the Transport Secretary failed to provide adequate reasons for his decision.

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