Setback for UK government airport expansion push

The UK's High Court has found serious flaws in the British government's handling of plans to extend key airports around the capital city, London. The government will now have to reopen consultations on development at Luton, and hand a decision on the location of an extra runway at Stansted back to the local planning authorities. But objections to building work at Heathrow airport were rejected. The challenge to the government's aviation policy - the first of its kind - was launched by local councils and campaigners concerned about environmental and social effects (EED 14/12/04). See Friends of the Earth UK press release.

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