Campaigners seek legal challenge over Brokenshire's decision to not call in Stansted expansion plans
Campaigners have confirmed they are seeking a legal challenge against the housing secretary's decision not to call in plans for the expansion of Stansted airport in Essex, arguing that the minister was wrong to conclude that the application did not involve issues of more than local importance.
Central Bedfordshire Council has submitted plans for a 2.8-mile long link road that is intended to support the development of a 4,000-home urban extension to the north of Luton.
The government's Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS), which sets the policy framework for the expansion of Heathrow airport, should be "set aside and reconsidered" if it is found to be legally flawed, the High Court has been told on the first day of a legal challenge against the airport's expansion.
Headlines earlier this month such as 'Heathrow third runway gets go-ahead from Chris Grayling' (Guardian) and 'Heathrow expansion gets green light from government as transport secretary Chris Grayling hails "historic moment"' (City AM) may have given you the impression that construction was now able to start on the new runway.
The government has taken an important step by publishing its airports national policy statement (NPS), supporting the construction of a third runway at Heathrow.
It looks like 2017 is going to be a turbulent year as decisions taken in 2016 come to fruition, but is there any certainty in nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIPs) coming forwards?
This week's announcement that the government will support a third runway at Heathrow airport signals that, although there has been a slowdown in infrastructure projects, those that are coming forward are getting bigger.
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