UK government faces legal threat to flight plans

The British government has run into legal trouble over plans to extend three major UK airports which opponents say will cause irreparable environmental and social damage. Local councils have won a judicial review of the government's 2003 aviation white paper from the UK's High Court - the first time British courts have allowed a white paper to be challenged in this way. The councils say public consultation leading up to the government proposals was misleading. The court has also allowed a separate legal challenge against proposals to increase the number of night flights in the UK. See Hacan ClearSkies press release.

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