Opponents Win Heathrow Runway Appeal

CAMPAIGNERS, INCLUDING local residents, environmentalists and celebrities, have won a High Court battle over plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.  They had claimed that the UK government’s plan to expand the world’s largest international gateway was at odds with climate change targets.
The coalition includes six local authorities, Greenpeace and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).  It said in a joint statement: “If the government wants to pursue its plans for Heathrow expansion, it must now go back to square one and reconsider the entire case for the runway.”
Despite the head of Hillingdon Council saying this ruling represented a “crushing defeat for the government,” it does not necessarily mean there will not be a third runway at Heathrow but simply that policy needs to be reviewed.  Current Prime Minister Gordon Brown has given his backing to the project but with a general election taking place on May 6 he may no longer be in position to see the project to fruition.  His potential replacements have stated that they are against building a third runway.