We are currently involved in a couple of legal actions, challenging the Government’s obsession with new roads, which drive up traffic and emissions. We’re also supporting a third challenge about Stonehenge.
Our two actions are quite distinct, yet connected:
RIS2 legal challenge: we’re challenging 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 over the next five years. We’re seeking to have air pollution and strategic environmental assessment included in the challenge as well. This was our first legal challenge and we hope to be in court around February time.
National Policy Statement legal challenge: we’re challenging the Government’s refusal to review the national policy that governs planning approval for new roads (National Policy Statement for National Networks). Currently it doesn’t allow decision makers to seriously consider climate change. It is also out of date regarding air pollution, natural capital (biodiversity) and design. We filed our claim in December and are currently fundraising to be able to take this case to court.
Stonehenge A303 tunnel scheme legal challenge: we’re supporting this challenge seeking to have Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps’ approval of this highly damaging scheme declared illegal on a number of counts. See the fundraising page and the Stonehenge Alliance website for more information.