Harry Gladwin, Partner at The Buying Solution, talks to Country Life about the considerations of living under a flight path. Frankly some hate it, while others barely notice. According to stats from the National Air Traffic Control Services in May 2019, there were more than 235,000 flights over UK airspace, with a record 9,000 flights using British skies in a single day. In 2018, more than 1,300 flights a day were recorded at Heathrow, the UK’s largest airport. Locations such as Windsor, close to Heathrow, tend to be badly affected, as are several villages around Gatwick such as Smallfield.
Harry points out though that it’s not just the major airports which have flight noise. “Typically people move to the Cotswolds to enjoy a more peaceful environment, and there is an assumption there isn’t any plane noise once you’re away from Heathrow and Gatwick, but Brize Norton, the largest RAF base and home to the 34,000kg Hercules, affects local Oxfordshire villages including Alveshot, Wilkins and Lew. These are pretty villages so there will always be buyers willing to accept this compromise, but the presence of these large planes does have an impact on value. In many cases, prices can be discounted by as much as 20%.”