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Heathrow plans face judicial review

Heathrow Hub is contesting plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport, writes Jill Sayles.

The consortium is proposing an extended northern runway scheme, rather than the construction of a third and will take the government’s decision to expand the airport through a new runway to judicial review.

Legal advisers to Heathrow Hub have written to secretary of state for transport, Chris Grayling, indicating what it calls serious errors by his department in the Airports National Policy Statement.

Section 13 allows for a judicial review of a National Policy Statement in the six weeks after it has been designated, following a vote in parliament.

The consortium argues its plan for an extended runway is cheaper, simpler, quieter and quicker to construct than Heathrow Airport’s third runway and that the government has wrongly claimed an extended runway offers lower capacity of 700,000 compared to 740,000 for the third runway.

Jock Lowe, director of Heathrow Hub, said: “Parliament is due to vote on the NPS in a couple of weeks and members should not vote for it.

“If they approve the NPS in its current form, there will be a judicial challenge soon after.

“The errors the department for transport have made in relation to capacity are fundamental and explain why passengers and airlines are being saddled with Heathrow Airport’s expensive, complicated third runway instead of our cheaper, simpler, quieter plan.

“Chris Grayling should be under no illusion that, not for the first time, his department has bungled the details of a critical transport project.

“He should withdraw or amend the NPS before it is too late.”