R. (on the application of the London Borough of Hillingdon & Others) v. Secretary of State for Transport (Queen's Bench Division, High Court, 2010)
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom
Principle law(s): Climate Change Act
Side A: The London Borough of Hillingdon & Ors (Government)
Side B: Secretary of State for Transport (Government)
Core objectives: Coalition sought judicial review of government plans on airport expansion
SummaryOn March 26, 2010, a British high court ordered government officials to consider the implications of climate change prior to making any final decision on a third runway at London's Heathrow Airport. The court ruled that the government had failed to adequately review all environmental and economic issues, and that the aviation policy should probably be revisited in light of the Climate Change Act 2008. This decision was appealed and overturned, and the claim that prompted it dismissed, on the grounds that the court lacked subject matter jurisdiction under the Planning Act 2008.
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The Act provides a long-term framework to improve carbon management, to help the transition to a low carbon economy, encourage investment in low carbon goods and provide an international signal. The Act establishes a legally binding target for the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net z...