Decision details

Enjoining in a Legal Challenge over Heathrow Expansion

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for the Environment

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


1.     That funding of up to £35,000 be allocated from the Corporate Demands and Pressures Reserve Fund to meet a share of the costs of any legal challenge brought against the Government in respect of a decision on a third runway at Heathrow.


2.     That the Director of Residents’ Services, in consultation with the Assistant Director of Legal and Democratic Services and Cabinet Member for Environment, be delegated authority to agree the method of payment of costs to ensure the Council’s cost exposure is limited to £35,000.

Reasons for the decision:

The Council established a resident-led commission in 2014 to inform its response to the Davies Commission consultation on airport expansion in the South East.  The H&F Commission on Airport Expansion confirmed that most H&F residents are opposed to a third runway at Heathrow due to the increase in noise and air pollution that this would mean for the borough.


H&F Council is committed to opposing any Government decision that will have a negative impact on its residents. 

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 06/08/2019

Date of decision: 06/08/2019

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