Heathrow Hub seeks judicial review into airport expansion

Lawyers acting for Heathrow Hub have filed papers at the High Court in London seeking permission to judicially review the decision to expand the airport.

The decision was taken in June by secretary of state for transport, Chris Grayling, who approval to Heathrow Airport’s north-west runway plan in a national policy statement.

Heathrow Hub is an independent proposal for expanding the airport, via an extension to the northern runway.

It is the organisation’s belief that the process run by the department for transport, which commenced when it set up the airports commission in 2013 and culminated in the national policy statement being placed before parliament was flawed.

As a result, Heathrow Hub argues Grayling has selected the most expensive, complex, disruptive expansion plan which, among other things, it believes will unnecessarily cause a substantial rise is fees for passengers and airlines.

In the request for review, under section 13 the planning act of 2008, the secretary of state is the defendant and Heathrow Airport is also added as an interested party.

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