Heathrow expansion


DLA Piper has successfully advised the Department for Transport (DfT) on the Heathrow expansion project for the new third runway.

On 1 May 2019, the High Court ruled in favour of the government and against five claimants seeking judicial review of government’s support for Heathrow expansion.

There were five claims for judicial review challenging the Secretary of State for Transport’s decision to designate the Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS). The ANPS sets out the Government’s policy on the need for new airport capacity in the South East of England and its preferred location, namely a new runway at Heathrow to the North West of the current two runways.

In four claims, the claimants comprised the London Borough of Hillingdon (in which Heathrow is situated) and four adjacent boroughs, the Mayor of London, several non-Government organisations dedicated to environmental causes (notably Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Plan B Earth) and one individual claimant (Mr Spurrier). They each oppose any expansion of Heathrow. The fifth claim was brought by the promoters of a rival Heathrow scheme, which would double the length of the existing northern runway to allow it to operate as two independent runways.

On 1 May 2019, the court handed down two judgments, one dealing with 22 grounds of challenge in the first four claims and the second judgment dealing with the five grounds of claim in the fifth claim. All of the claims were dismissed.

DLA Piper’s partner Colin Wilson (Picture) led the DLA Piper team which worked closely with the Government Legal Department.

The DLA Piper team involved lawyers from the firm’s Projects, Planning and Litigation and Regulatory practices including partners Howard Bassford, Paul Stone and Maria Pereira; senior associates Eleanor Kerslake and Claire Stoneman, associate Louis Head, legal director Martyn Scott and solicitor Chloe Ball.

Involved fees earner: Howard Bassford – DLA Piper; Eleanor Kerslake – DLA Piper; Maria Pereira – DLA Piper; Martyn Scott – DLA Piper; Paul Stone – DLA Piper; Colin Wilson – DLA Piper;

Law Firms: DLA Piper;

Clients: UK Government;

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