Heathrow third runway ruled illegal over climate change

Heathrow third runway expansion plans revealed There were "whoops and jumps of jubilation from environmentalists outside the court room"

Plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport have been ruled illegal because it did not take climate commitments into account, the Court of Appeal said..


The judges said that in future, a third runway could go ahead, as long as it fits with the UK's climate policy.


The case was brought by environmental groups, councils and the Mayor of London.


Transport Secretary Grant Schapps tweeted that the government would not appeal against the ruling.


Heathrow third runway expansion plans revealed

Heathrow third runway expansion plans revealedThe Airport Expansion Consultation runs from 18th June until 13th September 2019

The scale of the disruption from Heathrow airport’s expansion project has been revealed with the publication of detailed plans to lower the M25 for the third runway to cross, reroute rivers, replace utilities and build car parks for nearly 50,000 cars.


Expansion will be authorised via a Development Consent Order (DCO), a special kind of consent which is required for nationally significant infrastructure projects like Heathrow.


  • The expansion is said it will provide 10,000 apprentiships by 2030.
  • An expanded Heathrow will create new domestic routes, and more flights.
  • Up to 180,000 new jobs created across the UK.


The M25, London's Orbital motorway, will be moved up to 150 metres west and under the new runway through a tunnel.


The South East has one of the best performing regional economies in the UK. It has the highest employment rate of any region, exports the greatest value of goods of any region. The official site claims 'Having a hub airport nearby boosts the activity that makes the South East an economic powerhouse'.


Heathrow Expansion - The Preferred Masterplan



There are also those who are not happy with the expansion. Airports are good targets for protests to get media coverage about various topics, but the recent Climate Change Protests under Extinction Rebellion resulted in the Police arresting 16 activists and also charge the organiser Julian Roger Hallam.


Robert Barnstone, of Stop Heathrow Expansion, said: “Not only does it want to disrupt people’s lives for up to 30 years while building this new runway but now proposes jumbo-size car parks while pledging to reduce the number of people using cars at the airport.”


Cost and Building

The government has pledged the airport will be built at no cost to the taxpayer, will create 100,000 jobs and will benefit the entire country, through guaranteed internal flights to the rest of the UK.


After the Airport Expansion Consultation closes in September 2019, Heathrow will submit a final proposal to the Planning Inspectorate as part of an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) under the Planning Act 2008.


Construction on the main works (including the runway) will begin shortly after the DCO has been granted. It is possible that some early works will take place before then. Any early works will be subject to consultation and environmental assessment as required.



Official Heathrow Expansion website


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