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High Court Judgement against A303 Stonehenge scheme

July 30, 2021 8:42 PM
By SAVE STONEHENGE WORLD HERITAGE SITE LTD

Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site is delighted the High Court has today held that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps acted unlawfully when granting permission for a dual carriageway and short tunnel through the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS).

The judge found that the Secretary of State unlawfully failed to consider less damaging ways of relieving the existing A303. UNESCO's World Heritage Committee and others have repeatedly called for a longer tunnel so as to protect the whole of the WHS. Just days before the judgment UNESCO's Committee warned that if the shorter tunnel goes ahead, then Stonehenge might be placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger next year.

As part of his judgement, Mr Justice Holgate noted the Transport Secretary's acceptance that the road scheme would have caused permanent and irreversible harm to the WHS.

SSWHS said, "We are enormously grateful to our legal team for their work on the case. We also acknowledge the brilliant work of the Stonehenge Alliance and the hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide who have, over many years, passionately supported the campaign to protect our internationally famous WHS. We are especially indebted to over 3,000 individuals who have helped to fund the legal action to date."