Southampton legal challenge against airport decision by Eastleigh Borough Council

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Southampton legal challenge against airport decision by Eastleigh Borough Council

Southampton legal challenge against airport decision by Eastleigh Borough Council
2021-06-17 12:30:00
The local campaign against the expansion of Southampton airport, AXO, has now decided to make a legal challenge against Eastleigh Borough Council, and their decision to allow extension of the runway.  That extension would have the effect of increasing the number of flights using the airport, and allow flights to more distant destinations – increasing the overall carbon emissions.  Decisions such as these, resulting in more climate heating, need full scrutiny and that can now only happen by Judicial Review. The opponents of Southampton Airport expansion have instructed a legal team led by Leigh Day and David Wolfe QC to pursue the case, and are launching a public appeal for money to help finance the action.  AXO believe strongly that the council’s decision was wrong both in the way it was taken and the arguments to justify it. The airport has greatly overstated the economic benefits of expansion, which will adversely affect the quality of lives of around 46,000 residents, whilst hugely underplaying the environmental impact. Hence they are calling for the decision to undergo independent scrutiny. There is a crowdfunder, to raise £10,000, to help pay the legal costs. .Tweet   The crowdfunder is at    https://gofund.me/461d48bd (over half way by the 17th June, after two days….!) Judicial Review of Southampton Airport Expansion Team fundraiser AXO Southampton and 2 others are organising this fundraiser. 16.6.2021 We are supporting a legal challenge to the decision by Eastleigh Borough Council to approve the runway extension. This decision, taken by a local planning authority, impacts thousands of people living outside of their boundary who will experience an increase in noise [1]. Further, the expansion in aviation will have far reaching consequences to the climate – affecting the lives of millions of people worldwide [2]. Eastleigh Borough Council approved the runway extension last month, overruling a vote by its local area committee to reject it. On June 3rd it then gave formal grant of consent despite the fact that the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, had yet to decide whether or not to call in the decision [3]. We believe strongly that the council’s decision was wrong both in the way it was taken and the arguments to justify it. The airport has greatly overstated the economic benefits of exp

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