Setback for runway

Climate campaigners win ruling to halt Heathrow plan

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Campaigners have won an important ruling that could scupper plans to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

Court of Appeal judges said that the government could only go ahead if it was in line with its Paris climate commitments which had not been taken into account Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary at the time.

Lords Justice Lindblom, Singh and Haddon-Cave said the Government failed to take account of its commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change when setting out its support for the airport expansion in its National Policy Statement (NPS).

Lord Justice Lindblom told a packed court: “The Paris Agreement ought to have been taken into account by the Secretary of State in the preparation of the NPS and an explanation given as to how it was taken into account, but it was not.”

The Government has not said that it will appeal and Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has opposed the expansion. Grant Shapps, the current Transport Secretary was due to make a statement.

John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK, said the decision should prompt the government to kill off the plan.

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