Council serves Government with legal papers over Heathrow third runway

Legal papers have been served to the Government by the Royal Borough and others over ‘unlawfully’ supporting the expansion of Heathrow airport.

In a legal submission to the High Court, the ‘coalition’, which is made up of RBWM, Hillingdon, Richmond and Wandsworth councils, Greenpeace and a resident of Hillingdon, is seeking a judicial review of the government’s decision to support the expansion of the third runway.

The challenge argues that the Government has failed to recognise the project’s ‘unlawful’ air quality impacts and that the consultation held to make the decision was ‘fundamentally flawed’.

The legal challenge also states it seeks to hold the Government to the promise that a third runway would never be built.

Harrison Grant Solicitors have filed a formal request for judicial review, and is hoping the case will be heard in the High Court early next year.

Cllr Simon Dudley, council leader for RBWM, said: “The Royal Borough has been very consistent in saying it will hold government to account for its decision and seek to protect our residents from the public health risks of an expanded Heathrow Airport."

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