When is a journey not a journey in the eyes of the law?

A recent Court of Appeal decision reaffirmed the statutory immunity for noise nuisance caused by aircraft. Much rested on defining whether a ‘journey’ has to actually go anywhere

Richard Macrory, professor of environmental law, University College LondonThe ability of homeowners to bring private nuisance actions has long be an important legal right to protect against unreasonable environmental intrusion. Yet legislation can restrict these rights, and has done so in the case of aircraft because of the wider public interest in the activity. A recent ruling of the Court of Appeal has re-examined the scope of this statutory immunity.

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