High Court rejects Heathrow expansion challenges

Five separate challenges to the government’s intention to allow a third runway have fallen in court, after judges rejected campaigners’ noise, air quality, habitats and climate change arguments.

Delivering a judgment agreed with two other judges this morning, Lord Justice Hickinbottom pronounced that challenges led by the London Borough of Hillingdon, environmental lawyers Plan B Earth, Friends of the Earth and anti-expansion campaigner Neal Spurrier had been rejected. Their grounds concerned noise, air quality, surface access, habitats, climate change and human rights.

The Speaker of the House of Commons also intervened in the case, it was revealed today.

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