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Does noise from Bournemouth airport affect your home?

Are you looking to buy a home close to Bournemouth airport? A new tool can help potential homebuyers find out if the area they are interested in is just ‘plane noisy’.

The impact of airport traffic can affect not just quality of life but also the value of your home over time. The Plane Noisy tool lets you tap in the postcode of an area you are interested in for a clear picture of what you can expect.

For example, those who live in Kinson and Northbourne are impacted by 55+ decibels from overhead planes. To put this into perspective, this is about the volume of someone having a loud conversation nearby. But in Parley, noise levels of up to 60+ decibels have been registered, which is like having a noisy office right above your home.

The tool has pulled in data from DEFRA to provide a comprehensive guide to noise pollution levels with airport areas. Each decibel level is giving a real-life equivalent, such as the level of a constant hum of a noisy dishwasher to living next to a main road.

Ash Khungar, from Club Med who are behind the Plane Noisy tool, believes that this will help and inform potential house buyers to make a more informed decision on buying their property.

He said: “Buying any property is a massive decision and sometimes when you view a property a few times, you never really get the full picture. This tool helps you gain a bigger picture of the noise impact on your property if you are near an airport. Depending on where you live, the site will instantly give you an indication on the plane noise to help you with the buying decision.”

Further afield from Bournemouth, the tool also looks at all major UK airports. Close to London Heathrow, those with homes in the areas of Richmond, Windsor, Colnbrook and Isleworth to name a few are affected by plane noise more than 60 decibels.

Up norther, Manchester Airport affects those with homes in leafy Cheshire suburbs of Heald Green, Mobberley and Knutsford. With planes coming into most airports every 30 seconds, it is not easy to ignore – so think carefully before picking your property.

How does Bournemouth airport noise affect your life? Find out now at blog.clubmed.co.uk/plane-noisy

Paul Knight, Managing Director at Bournemouth Airport, says there is a Noise Action Plan in plan and it is regularly reviewed as per government guidelines. “The law managing noise, together with the framework and guidelines, is set out at a national and international level,” he said last year. “However, many measures to control noise at Bournemouth Airport have been introduced locally. For example, many legally-binding targets, obligations and limits are set out in an Agreement between Christchurch Borough Council and Bournemouth Airport under the terms of Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 that sits alongside the planning permission for the new Terminal buildings.”

It is estimated that less than 100 ‘dwellings’ are affected by noise of more than 60 decibels, based on figures from 2011.

“The Noise Action Plan will continue to evolve and our targets, policies and procedures will most likely change as we carry out reviews over the life of the Plan. Any changes will be aimed at limiting and reducing, where possible, the number of people affected by noise as a result of the Airport’s activity.”

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Editor in chief Suzi Dixon studied at Bournemouth university, went away for a while to work at The Daily Telegraph, then moved back to the sunny South coast for a quiet (er) life. Bournemouth News & Info is her website and she is assisted by the fabulous Fred From France in all things geeky and technical. Hire us to make your website, too, if you like.

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