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Court of Appeal to hear Heathrow climate case

Words: Laura Edgar
Heathrow airport

Friends of the Earth has been granted a hearing at the Court of Appeal for an application that seeks permission to appeal a High Court ruling on expanding Heathrow Airport.

The hearing is set to take place in October.

In May, the High Court ruled that the government’s decision to allow the building of a third runway at Heathrow airport was lawful, after legal challenges were made by a number of environmental NGOs and local councils. Friends of the Earth was one of the challengers.

The Court of Appeal will hear the environmental campaign group's case to appeal the decision that the government had not breached its sustainable development duties by allowing the expansion of Heathrow. If this is granted permission, it will proceed immediately to a substantive appeal hearing.

Will Rundle, head of legal at Friends of the Earth, said: “This case is about saving the planet from catastrophic climate change. We need to leave the world in a better state for our children and their children, not a worse one. This means ditching the expansion of high carbon infrastructure projects like the third runway at Heathrow. Expanding Heathrow will only benefit a minority of people, while leaving us all to suffer the awful impact on the environment."

Law firm Leigh Day is representing Friends of the Earth.

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