Flash way to make a protest

Sur­vey says air­plane noise is a big turn-off for prospec­tive buy­ers

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Robert Cumber robert.cumber@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

ANTI-third runway pro­test­ers staged a flash mob event at Heathrow’s Ter­mi­nal 2 on Satur­day.

More than 50 peo­ple wear­ing red T-shirts joined in the event, and John Ste­wart of Heathrow As­so­ci­a­tion for the Con­trol of Air­craft Noise (HACAN) said: “What­ever de­ci­sion the gov­ern­ment makes about the third runway, the lo­cal com­mu­nity is not go­ing to go away and we be­lieve that we can de­feat the pro­pos­als, as it did 10 years ago.”

AIR­CRAFT noise is the fourth big­gest deal-breaker for home buy­ers, a new sur­vey has found.

The din from pass­ing jets would per­suade 41 per cent of po­ten­tial pur­chasers to with­draw an of­fer or lose in­ter­est com­pletely, ac­cord­ing to re­search by Pop­u­lus for the property web­site SellingUp.

That makes it the fourth big­gest turn-off, be­hind only noisy neigh­bours (70 per cent), ev­i­dence of pests (44 per cent) and the seller’s rude at­ti­tude (42 per cent).

More than a third (34 per cent) of house hun­ters would re­duce their of­fer if they had to con­tend with air­craft noise, the sur­vey of over 1,000 peo­ple re­vealed.

In­ter­est­ingly, this is only the eighth high­est fig­ure, per­haps suggest­ing some home buy­ers are much more sen­si­tive to the dis­tur­bance than oth­ers.

Writ­ing in her blog about the find­ings on www. sellingup.com, Claire An­drews com­mented: “Cam­paign­ers fight­ing against the ex­pan­sion of the UK’s big­gest air­ports, Heathrow and Gatwick, might feel vin­di­cated by our sur­vey when it comes to their con­cerns about the ef­fect of air­borne noise pol­lu­tion on property val­ues.

“A jumbo-sized 41 per cent of buy­ers would be pre­pared to see a pur­chase fly off into the hori­zon if they no­ticed se­ri­ous noise from the skies above.

“More than one third (34 per cent) of buy­ers would ex­pect a price re­duc­tion (23 per cent in the thou­sands and 11 per cent in the hun­dreds of pounds) no doubt to make up for sleep­less nights and the cost of triple glaz­ing.”

Hol­i­day op­er­a­tor Club Med last month launched an on­line tool al­low­ing house hun­ters to check how badly prop­er­ties are af­fected by air­craft noise.

Photo by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk WL156883

n MOB-HANDED: A protest by anti-third runway group HACAN at Heathrow’s Ter­mi­nal 2 on Satur­day

Alis­tair MacDonald

n RUNWAY RUN­AWAY: Peo­ple sur­veyed by a property web­site said air­craft noise would prompt them to seek a lower price or put them off buy­ing a property

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