It isn't just the COVID-19 problem that's disrupting airports, the plan for a third runway at Heathrow Airport has been scuppered by a High Court decision that the plans did not take into account the government's own (fairly new) law on a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050. Some see that as a victory for the Green lobby, others as judicial meddling in politics and a poorly-timed decision that could have disastrous consequences for our economy.
However, it sets a precedence that should be heeded closer to home. Our council has declared a climate emergency, so one would expect to see all of its decisions honouring that stance. However, the proposal to put housing on Green Belt land with, according to the council's own figures, a 16% increase in CO2 emissions as a result, runs competely counter to their carbon policy. It's in the Local Plan that the last lot of councillors voted for. Time for a change? You bet!