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Government First-Tier Tribunal to hear Heathrow appeal against having to disclose environmental information
2021-03-27 10:39:00
Heathrow is trying to overturn a ruling in February 2020 that it must disclose environmental information. The Information Commissioner’s decision that Heathrow counts as a public authority and must disclose the information will be subject to an appeal next week. The ruling last year followed a similar one concerning energy producers and suppliers, extending a duty that the water industry has been subject to since 2015. They all resulted from the ambiguity of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, which states that any organisation that “that carries out functions of public administration”, or has public responsibilities, functions or provides services related to the environment, is subject to the law. Heathrow does not want to have to answer demands for information about planning applications, aircraft noise or environmental impacts of the airport. The appeal comes as the Good Law Project, which is pursuing a legal challenge against government policy approving the third runway, said that it was making “a focussed request for documents and communications between Heathrow Airport and the DfT, for a Development Consent Order, for a 3rd runway. .Tweet   Tribunal to hear Heathrow EIR appeal By Gareth Simkins (Ends report) 24 Mar 2021 Heathrow Airport is attempting to overturn a ruling that it must disclose environmental information. The Information Commissioner’s decision that Heathrow Airport counts as a public authority and must disclose environmental information will be subject to an appeal next week. The ruling last year followed a similar one concerning energy producers and suppliers, extending a duty that the water industry has been subject to since 2015. They all resulted from the ambiguity of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, which states that any organisation that “that carries out functions of public administration”, or has public responsibilities, functions or provides services related to the environment, is subject to the law. Though a private company, Heathrow Airport Ltd inherited certain powers vested in the former British Airports Authority by the Airports Act 1986, including  powers of compulsory purchase, to make bye-laws and charge airlines based on the noise and other emissions from their planes. The firm formally lodged its appeal to the General Regulatory Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal shortly after the regulator’s decision, which was handed down in February last year. It left the airport vulnerable to demands for details of planning applications, noise emissions from aircraft and the energy efficiency of i

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