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Media Type: News / Op - Ed
Author(s): Tom Espiner
Categories: Social Movement
Controversial plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport have been thrown into doubt after a court ruling.
The government’s decision to allow the expansion was unlawful because it did not take climate commitments into account, the Court of Appeal said. Heathrow said it would challenge the decision, but the government said it would not appeal.
The judges said that in future, a third runway could go ahead, as long as it fits with the UK’s climate policy. The case was brought by environmental groups, councils and the Mayor of London.
There were “whoops and jumps of jubilation from environmentalists outside the court room” after the judgement, BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin reported. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted that the government would not appeal against the ruling.
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