Legal Challenges

We've been involved with various legal actions, challenging the Government's obsession with new roads, which drive up traffic and emissions. We've also supported the successful challenge to the A303 Stonehenge scheme.

Our two actions are quite distinct, yet connected.

RIS2 legal challenge: we challenged the Government's approval of its £27 billion, second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) on climate grounds. This is how the Government wishes to see the strategic roads network in England develop between 2020 - 2025. This was our first legal challenge.

National Policy Statement legal challenge: we first challenged the Government's refusal to review the national policy that governs planning approval for new roads (National Policy Statement for National Networks, NPSNN) in March 2020. Grant Shapps twice refused to review it, ignoring the advice of his official advisors. On 14 July 2021 the DfT announced they would review the policy, but on 22 July 2021 refused to suspend it while the review is carried out, which won't be complete until Spring 2023 at the earliest. We are challenging the refusal to suspend and continue to fundraise for our legal costs.

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National Policy Statement

We're particularly grateful for everyone who has contributed towards our legal costs via our two CrowdJustice pages and to WeHaveThePOWER and CPRE, the Countryside Charity, for helping fund the background research and work needed to bring these cases to court.