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Campaigners lose bid to challenge Heathrow third runway plans at High Court

Credit: Steve Parsons/PA

An attempt by campaigners to bring a High Court challenge against a third runway at Heathrow Airport has failed.

Campaigners claim the Government's October 2016 decision to back plans for the runway is unlawful, alleging there was a failure to consult before resiling from unequivocal promises that it would never be built. They also said the Government has failed to recognise the project's unlawful air quality impacts.

But lawyers for the Transport Secretary argued that the judicial review could not proceed - saying it should not be heard until after the consultation on the National Policy Statement (NPS) on aviation is published in 2017/18.

On Monday in London, Mr Justice Cranston struck out the case on the basis that the court had no jurisdiction to hear the claim.