Flash way to make a protest
Survey says airplane noise is a big turn-off for prospective buyers
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.
n MOB-HANDED: A protest by anti-third runway group HACAN at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 on Saturday
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