Plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport have been ruled illegal by the court of appeal because ministers did not adequately take into account the government’s climate change commitments. The ruling is a major blow to the project at a time when public concern about the climate emergency is rising fast and the government has set a target in law of net zero emissions by 2050. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, could use the ruling to abandon the project, or the government could draw up a new policy document to approve the runway. The judge said ministers had not sought permission to appeal.
Guardian 27th Feb 2020 read more »
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Airport expansion, power plants, and even major road building schemes are facing an uncertain future following a landmark Court of Appeal decision that effectively grounds plans for a third runway at Heathrow. Judges ruled the Government unlawfully ignored the UK’s climate commitments in its backing of a third runway at Heathrow Airport, and ordered ministers to go back to the drawing board with their plans.
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Plans for a £28.8bn roads programme could be challenged in the courts for breaching the UK’s laws on climate change. The plans, due to be published next month, don’t take into account commitments on reducing emissions, the BBC has learned. They are likely to face legal challenges from environmentalists. On Thursday a court ruled that plans to expand Heathrow had failed to take climate policies into account.
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