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26 Mar 2010

High Court declares Heathrow Runway "Untenable"

Today the High Court has ruled that the Government's plans for a third runway at Heathrow fly in the face of its own climate change policy and that the claimed for economic benefits have not taken carbon emissions properly into account. The legal challenge has been brought by Green campaigners led by Greenpeace.

This ruling puts the Government firmly on the back foot. Describing the runway proposal as "untenable", Lord Justice Carnwath ruled that the Climate Change Act 2008 takes precedence over the 2003 Air Transport white paper, upon which the Government made its flawed assessement of the benefits and impacts.

Brent Greens have campaigned against the third runway proposal from the outset on grounds of climate change and the negative impacts on local residents, either through the wholesale destuction of Sipson village or increased noise. This ruling is a welcome step forward.

The image was taken at the Heathrow demonstration in May 2008, of a family in Sipson (with permission).

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