Letter to DfT: The Airports National Policy…

Letter to DfT: The Airports National Policy Statement should now be withdrawn, as it is out of date
2021-01-07 12:11:00
The Supreme Court ruled, on December 16th, that the Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) was legal. The ANPS is the policy document necessary to Heathrow to proceed with plans for a 3rd runway. But the Court ruling does NOT give the runway consent. The government did not challenge the earlier ruling, in February, by the Appeal Court. The ANPS was written around 2017-18 and approved in Parliament in June 2018. Since then, life has moved on, and it is very out of date. The economics of the situation have changed; awareness of the climate implications of a runway is hugely greater; the Committee on Climate Change has given its advice on the Sixth Carbon Budget, and that aviation growth has to be constrained; knowledge has increased about the health impacts of air pollution from aircraft; and now Covid has reduced demand for air travel, which may never recover to its 2019 level.  Neil Spurrier, from the Teddington Action Group (TAG) has written to the DfT to ask that the ANPS is now withdrawn. He says the ANPS “is now completely out of date and should be withdrawn. I request that this is done pursuant to a review under section 6 of the Planning Act 2008 …”   See Neil’s full letter. .Tweet   Neil Spurrier’s letter to the Department for Transport   18th December 2020 Your Ref: HP19/006   Letter to Jack Goodwin Deputy Director, Airports and Infrastructure Directorate Department for Transport Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Rd, Westminster, London SW1P 4DR Dear Mr Goodwin, Section 6 Planning Act 2008. Request for Review of Airports National Policy Statement: new runway capacity and infrastructure at airports in the South East of England I am writing following the judgment of the Supreme Court restoring the Airports National Policy Statement and your acknowledgment dated the 28th November 2019 to my request dated the 18th October 2019 for a review of this national policy statement. I would be grateful please if my request for review dated the 18th October 2019 (copy attached) could now be considered and a response given. There are some additions to the request that have arisen over the time of the court cases. The letter of request of the 18th October is still applicable but the additions are: 1. Firstly, we have just had the verdict of the coroner in the case of the young girl, Ella Kissi-Debrah, who died as a result of air pollution. Air quality is below the required quality in London and this is due in part to overflying aircraft. I have given you details of subsequent research showing the extent of air pollution from aircraft flying in and out of Heathrow that affects air quality – qui

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