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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