A new consultation on plans for a third runway at Heathrow is illegal because of bias by ministers towards the expansion, councils near the airport have alleged.


Paul McGuinness, chairman of the coalition, said: “There’s a growing sense that the case for Heathrow’s third runway is falling apart. The evidence, including the government’s own, simply no longer stacks up to support it. The only thing they seem to have on their side is the [Department for Transport], whose prejudgment in advance of its own consultation is now raising serious legal questions in the year ahead.”

A Department for Transport spokesman said: “We have been clear that our preferred option for increasing airport capacity is a third runway at Heathrow. We have consulted with an open mind and once we have reviewed all of the submissions we will set out how we intend to proceed.”

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