Opponents to the UK’s Heathrow Airport’s third runway have taken their case to court, saying that the approved runway will breach legal limits on noise and air pollution.

The case, being argued by a legal team for Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund UK, bird and wildlife charity RSPB and rural England protection charity CPRE will also argue the runway did not receive proper assessment and will undermine climate change targets.

The case has been filed under the 2M Group in the High Court for the judicial review of the government’s approval for the runway.

Those for the third runway argue it will allow the airport to handle 700,000 aircraft movements compared to 480,000 at present, hence meeting future demand.