Councillor Ravi Govindia, the Tory leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “People bought homes, put their kids in local schools and made all sorts of life decisions based on the belief that this threat to their community had passed.
“Those promises have now been broken without any credible justification and without consultation with the people who stand to lose.
John Sauven, Greenpeace UK executive director, said: “A third runway can only go ahead by steamrolling over local people’s legitimate expectations.”
The claims are likely to be countered by the fact that the Tories did not include their opposition to the third runway in their 2015 election manifesto.
A spokesman for the Department of Transport said: “We cannot comment on ongoing legal action.”
Four councils + Greenpeace have served legal papers on Government over Heathrow runway decision
Hillingdon, Richmond, Wandsworth and Windsor and Maidenhead councils, together with Greenpeace and a resident of Hillingdon, have today served legal papers on the government for unlawfully supporting the expansion of Heathrow. In a legal submission to the High Court, the ‘coalition’ is seeking a Judicial Review of the government’s decision to support the expansion of the airport – something that which the Government previously promised would never happen. Harrison Grant Solicitors, on behalf of the coalition have filed a formal request for a judicial review. If successful, it is hoped the case will be heard in the High Court early next year. Together, the claimants argue that the Government has failed to recognise the project’s unlawful air quality impacts and that the consultation held to make the decision was fundamentally flawed. Therefore, the expansion of the airport cannot go ahead. In addition, the legal challenge seeks to hold Government to the promise that a third runway would never be built. If the request is successful, and the coalition wins the judicial review, the decision to proceed with the runway would be overturned. Ray Puddifoot said “There are two grounds of challenge at this stage. In addition to our claim that there has been a significant breach of established air quality laws, we have also claimed that the Government has acted contrary to our legitimate expectation that it would honour its repeated promises not to expand Heathrow.”
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