At the conclusion of any court case, the terms that naturally present themselves are “victory” and “defeat”. It is tempting to regard the High Court’s dismissal of all five legal challenges over expansion at Heathrow as a 5-0 trouncing by proponents of the third runway.
Surely, the ruling by Lord Justice Hickinbottom quashes the environmental arguments against airport expansion, as well as the commercial case brought by Heathrow Hub for an extended northern runway, once and for all?
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