Hillingdon council will be speaking at The Court of Appeal to say the government made legal errors in the steps leading up to Heathrow Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS) in an attempt to quash it.
On Monday, October 21 there will be four days for the hearing and four appeals will be heard in court on how the Secretary of State failed to consult properly on noise, the effect of the expansion and the impact on protected habitats.
The local authorities had warned that expanding Heathrow could bring long term damage to the health of millions of Londoners, especially Northwood, with large areas of London and the home counties affected by noise and air pollution from the north-west runway.
They had argued that the third runway could only be built by demolishing thousands of homes, adding large increases in road traffic and making life noisier and unhealthier for millions of Londoners. The government had not looked at this properly.
Lord Justice Lindblom said in his ruling that “the importance of the issues raised in these proceedings is obvious and affords a proper basis for granting leave to appeal. I also accept that the grounds of appeal are properly arguable.”
Leader of Hillingdon Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, said: “Hillingdon residents are the worst-hit by expansion. More than 1,000 homes will be lost and 3,750 blighted. Older people and children who suffer from the consequences of air pollution will be particularly affected.
“Being granted permission to appeal is a welcome step in the right direction to overturning the government’s highly flawed and misconceived decision to expand Heathrow Airport.
“We have said all along that we will continue to fight this decision in the courts for as long as it takes in order to protect our residents and our environment from the devastating consequences of a third runway and to bring this sorry saga to an end once and for all.”