Heathrow Expansion Faces Green Hurdle

28 March 2010 (Last Updated March 28th, 2010 18:30)

The UK Government's plan to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport has faced a serious hurdle after a judge recommended a review of the project's climate change and economic impact. High Court judge Robert Carnwath said the government must prepare a national policy statement before go

The UK Government's plan to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport has faced a serious hurdle after a judge recommended a review of the project's climate change and economic impact.

High Court judge Robert Carnwath said the government must prepare a national policy statement before going ahead with the expansion project, according to Reuters.

Carnwath ruled that the statement will have to involve a review of all the relevant policy issues, including the impact of climate change policy.

The national policy statement will also have to consider the economic impact of a third runway.

In January 2009, the government gave its approval to build a third runway and a terminal at Heathrow Airport, as part of a £9bn ($13.4bn) expansion programme to enhance its capacity.

The project was fiercely opposed by local residents and environmentalists on the grounds that it will increase the level of noise and carbon emissions.