Court ruling sees plans for London Heathrow’s third runway once again put on hold

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The Court of Appeal has overruled the U.K. governments go-ahead for a third runway at London Heathrow Airport on the basis that it was unlawful. The principal bone of contention relates to environmental factors. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the government would take time to decide its next move. “The court’s judgement is complex and requires careful consideration. We will set out our next steps in due course,” he said. “The government has taken the decision not to appeal this judgement. The promoters of the scheme will be able to seek permission from the Supreme Court to appeal if they wish.” Not surprisingly, Heathrow bosses want to keep alive the plans for the redevelopment and believe that they can.

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