Heathrow expansion and aircraft noise

Councils win High Court challenge

Wandsworth and other Councils succeeded in the High Court (March 2010) in overturning previous proposals for a third runway at Heathrow.

The current Government has set up an independent commission to examine the UK's airport capacity needs. Wandsworth and other Councils will be demonstrating to the commission that the environmental impacts that made a third runway untenable are the same today.

The ruling by Lord Justice Carnwath centred on economic and climate change impacts.

The case was brought by a coalition of local Councils, environmental organisations and residents groups. The Councils were all members of the 2M Group and are concerned at the prospect of increased noise, worsening air pollution and added road and rail congestion.

The Councils involved were Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Hillingdon, Richmond upon Thames, Wandsworth and Windsor and Maidenhead. The residents groups were NOTRAG and HACAN and the environmental groups were World Wildlife Fund UK, Campaign to Protect Rural England, and Greenpeace.

The challenge was also supported by Royal Society for Protection of Birds, Kensington and Chelsea Council, Transport for London and the Mayor of London.

A summary of the case against Heathrow expansion

Read Lord Justice Carnwath's judgment in full

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