Boris on Heathrow after Supreme Court judgement:…

Boris on Heathrow after Supreme Court judgement: any expansion must meet strict air quality and climate criteria
2020-12-17 11:37:00
Boris Johnson, with a constituency near Heathrow, was always a vociferous critic of the plans for a 3rd runway. When Heathrow took their appeal, against the ruling of the Appeal  Court against the ANPS in February, the government did not join them. Now the Supreme Court has ruled that the ANPS is legal, Boris has not said anything in favour of it. Allegra Stratton, his press secretary, said Heathrow still needed to convince the Planning Inspectorate that it met rigorous environmental benchmarks before being allowed to proceed through the DCO process. She said the “point the PM would make now” was that “any expansion must meet strict criteria on air quality noise and climate change and the government will come forward with a response shortly”. Heathrow may not be able to raise the necessary funds for the runway. Boris and Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, will be under pressure to redraft the ANPS, as it was written in 2018 and is woefully out of date on carbon. Life has moved on since then; the UK now has to cut CO2 emissions by 100% by 2050 (from 1990 level), not the 80% target of 2018. There are now new UK targets – advised by the Committee on Climate Change – for a 68% cut in CO2 by 2030, and a 78% cut by 2035.  Expanding Heathrow cannot be squared with that. .Tweet     Boris Johnson refuses to back third runway after Supreme Court backs Heathrow By Graeme Paton, Transport Correspondent (The Times) Wednesday December 16 2020 Boris Johnson has refused to endorse proposals for a third runway at Heathrow despite a ruling in favour of the airport by the UK’s highest court. The panel of five Supreme Court justices overturned an earlier judgment against expansion, effectively giving Heathrow the green light to plan for the £14 billion project. The Court of Appeal ruled in February found that government backing for the two-mile runway in 2018 was unlawful because it failed to take account of climate change commitments. Heathrow welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision. It will still need to apply for a development consent order — planning approval for large projects. The airport said the decision was the “right result for the country”. Critics questioned whether the runway, which is supposed to be built northwest of the existing airport, would proceed. Heathrow has been struggling after the drop in demand for air travel linked to the pandemic, seeing passenger numbers decline by 72 per cent this year and incurring losses of £1.5 billion. Mr Johnson, MP for nearby Uxbridge & South Ruislip, and a long-time opponent of expansion, failed on Wednesday to back the decision. Allegra Stratton, his press secretary, pointed out that Heathrow still needed to convince the planning inspectorate that it met rigorous environmental benchmarks before being allowed to proceed. She said the “point the PM would make now” was that “any expansion must meet strict criteria on air quality noise and climate change and the government will come forward with a response shortly”. …then a bit of background …. In a judgment delivered on Wednesday morning the Supreme Court struck down the decision, saying Mr Grayling acted lawfully by relying on domestic legislation when prep

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