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Heathrow granted permission to appeal against a block on third runway

For several years, as the trade association that represents UK freight forwarding and logistics businesses, BIFA has welcomed plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport, and criticised the years of argument and delay.

Today, Thursday May 7th, the UK's Supreme Court granted permission to Heathrow Airport for an appeal against the blocking of its controversial plans to build a third runway.

In February, campaigners against the new runway at Heathrow airport scored a victory when the Court of Appeal concluded that the plans were unlawful on environmental grounds.

The Court ruled that the then Secretary of State for Transport failed to consider the Government’s commitments to the 2016 Paris agreement on climate change when assessing plans for Heathrow’s expansion.

The UK’s highest court has said that it would hear an appeal on this issue, however a specific date is yet to be set.

Should Heathrow go ahead with the project, commentators suggest it will face at least another two-year delay because of the appeal process and the coronavirus pandemic – pushing completion to the beginning of the 2030s, should the appeal be successful.

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