NEF will support communities to challenge airport expansions with expert economic and environmental analysis exposing their true costs, while showing how planning guidance should be updated in line with national climate change targets.
Despite the urgent need to cut carbon emissions, 8 UK airport expansions are underway, with more in the pipeline. These will lock us into fossil fuels for decades and divert investment away from lower carbon alternatives. The planning process ignores national carbon targets and applications inflate economic benefits. But the affected communities challenging expansions can’t compete with the corporate legal teams and consultants the developers hire, often leaving these claims unchallenged.
Communities are coming to NEF for help in their David v Goliath battles. Our analysis has already helped to cancel the Leeds Bradford Airport expansion. But more groups are asking than we have resources to support. We want to: - Support challenges with analysis and expert testimony - Expose the real costs of high carbon projects to society and the environment while providing alternative investment options - Show how government planning guidance should be updated in light of climate commitments