The maps, compiled by the councils from Heathrow’s data, show a circular area affected stretching from Didcot in the west, Dartford and Romford in the east, Tring, Harpenden and Welwyn Garden City to the north, and Godalming and Copthorne to the south.
“The Secretary of State kept communities across south and west London in the dark about whether they would be affected by noise. If they couldn’t know they might be affected, they couldn’t be expected to respond to the consultation,” said Cllr Ravi Govindia, Wandsworth council leader.
The councils and Greenpeace claim the Government’s National Policy Statement (NPS) on Heathrow expansion fails to deal properly with the impact on air quality, climate change, noise and congestion.
They argue the NPS is unlawful and should be quashed, which would mean the Government would have to start the process again and put it to another vote in Parliament.
The court was told yesterday the extra 260,000 flights a year from building a new runway effectively created a “new airport” the size of Gatwick, with “severe” consequences for Londoners.
Nigel Pleming, QC, for the councils, said the plans could see the annual number of passengers rise to 132 million, up 60 per cent.
The councils also claim the Government has underestimated the impact of the increased traffic on pollution. They say daily passenger airport trips will increase by almost 100,000 to 370,000 a day, with freight journeys almost doubling to 36,500.
The councils say the Government’s own calculations suggest it would mean the UK continuing be at risk of breaching EU pollution limits in 2030.
“Even without further expansion, pollution levels in the area which already exceed statutory levels and will not be below legal limits for many years to come,” said Hillingdon council leader Ray Puddifoot.
The councils are one of five groups mounting judicial reviews, being heard over the next two weeks. They include Friends of the Earth, Plan B, Heathrow Hub and Neil Spurrier.
Lawyers representing Mr Grayling said the claimants’ case is “unarguable” and “premature”, as they will all have the opportunity to make representations at a later stage in the planning process.
Severe impact of 3rd Heathrow runway on residents laid out in High Court hearing
The Government’s approval of a third runway is being challenged at the High Court by a coalition of councils, residents, environmental charities and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Representing five London boroughs, Greenpeace and Mr Khan, Nigel Pleming QC said the plans could see the number of passengers using Heathrow rise to around 132 million, a 60% increase. Mr Pleming said: “The new development, if it goes ahead, will add, in effect, a new airport with the capacity of Gatwick to the north of Heathrow” and that the adverse effects and consequences for local residents of such an expansion are “bound to be severe”. The legal challenges (other than the one by Heathrow Hub) say the Government’s National Policy Statement (NPS) setting out its support for the project fails to properly deal with the impact on air quality, climate change, noise and congestion. The claimants argue the NPS is unlawful and should be quashed, which would mean the Government would have to start the process again and put it to another vote in Parliament. Scores of demonstrators gathered outside the court ahead of the hearing, addressed by MPs, Council leaders and campaigners. All are determined that this runways is NOT going to go ahead. The hearings will last for 2 weeks.
The transcript of the proceedings on the first day of the hearings, Monday 11th March, can be seen here: https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/110319.txt
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