Judges reject case brought by Friends of the Earth on Heathrow expansion

Judges Lord Justice Hickinbottom and Mr Justice Holgate have rejected outright the Judicial Review brought by local councils, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace against the government decision to build a third runway at Heathrow. [Full judgment]

Nic Ferriday, from West London Friends, said “The upshot of the judgment is that the Paris Agreement, signed by the UK government, can be ignored when it comes to expanding Heathrow. Furthermore, the National Policy Statement (NPS), which materially misled MPs when it said that a third runway was consistent with UK climate targets [article and paper], should stand.”

Craig Bennett, chief executive of Friends of the Earth, said: “We are in an ecological and climate emergency and parliament have supported an outdated decision to chase climate-wrecking development. How can we take any government remotely seriously when they claim to care about climate chaos while supporting this runway?”

Nic Ferriday added “Judges Hickinbottom and Holgate have meekly supported the government by saying that the government can ignore the latest evidence and even its own undertakings on climate change. The government can, with legal impunity, mislead MPs (and presumably anyone else). We therefore need to hold the judges as well as the government to account.”

See also a slightly longer opinion piece.