March 26: A High Court judge has upheld an environmental coalition’s case that a third runway at London Heathrow would breach Britain’s legally-binding climate change targets.
In the landmark decision, Lord Justice Carnwath has ordered that the Government ‘think again’ on its previous decisions that Heathrow was the right place for an extra runway. The campaign coalition, consisting of Greenpeace, the Campaign to Protect Rural England and six local authorities said that the Government’s aviation policy was now in “tatters”, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown countered the decision by saying that the runway would still go ahead, but that a further consultation would prove the runway would not fail the UK’s climate change targets. Lord Justice Carnwath added that his decision did not mean the runway would never happen, just that more evidence was needed to justify the need.
David Cameron, leader of the opposition, has said that if a Conservative Government is elected in the forthcoming general election it would scrap the plans for the third runway.