Transport Select Committee backs 3rd Runway but with challenging conditions

The Transport Select Committee Report into the National Policy Statement (NPS) on Airports (essentially, the 3rd runway at Heathrow) has been published today (23rd March).  The report backs a third runway at Heathrow but has come up with some challenging conditions including tougher air pollution targets and a 7 hour night flight ban.  The Government will respond to the Committee in a few weeks time.  It doesn’t need to accept the conditions but the Committee warns that unless it does it could leave the NPS open to a legal challenge.  A Parliamentary vote is still expected in the summer.  If Parliament backs a 3rd runway, it becomes official Government policy.  Heathrow then has the task of drawing up and consulting on the detailed plans before presenting them to a planning inquiry.

Read the Report:   summary  conclusions and recommendations  the full report

And a summary of key points HACAN has put together:

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