Court’s climate ruling puts Heathrow expansion on ice

The Court of Appeal has concluded that the legal framework for building a third runway at Heathrow Airport is incompatible with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, though the airport says it will appeal to the Supreme Court.

In a judgment handed down this morning, the Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS) was rendered null and void. It will remain so until it is reviewed by the secretary of state for transport.

The High Court ruled against all challenges to the ANPS in May, their grounds concerning noise, air quality, surface access, habitats, climate change and human rights. It essentially concluded that these were issues to be dealt with at the stage of obtaining a development control order under the Planning Act 2008.

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