Sound proof­ing costs ‘wrong’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HEATHROW has mas­sively un­der­es­ti­mated the cost of sound­proof­ing homes af­fected by a third run­way, say cam­paign­ers.

Bosses at the air­port have set aside £700m to pro­vide noise in­su­la­tion for 160,000 homes should it get the go-ahead for an ex­tra run­way.

But anti-Heathrow ex­pan­sion protest group HA­CAN says its re­search shows the true cost would be £1.8bn. The group cal­cu­lated the fig­ure fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion with UK Sound­proof­ing Ltd of West Sus­sex and Tu­dor Win­dows of Lon­don, which it said showed the av­er­age semide­tached house would cost around £11,800 to fully in­su­late against noise. HA­CAN chair­man John Ste­wart said: “Heathrow is of­fer­ing to in­su­late many more prop­er­ties than it does to­day. Our sup­port­ers wel­come this but only if their homes will be fully in­su­lated. The cost of do­ing that would run into bil­lions.

“Ad­mit­tedly, our es­ti­mates are based on costs for an in­di­vid­ual home and there would be dis­counts if an or­der was placed, but it will still cost sub­stan­tially more than the £700m orig­i­nally put for­ward.”

Heathrow Air­port has promised to quadru­ple the num­ber of homes el­i­gi­ble for noise in­su­la­tion should it get a third run­way, as it nearly tripled the amount of com­pen­sa­tion avail­able.

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