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London Southend Airport to pay out £86k due to runway extension noise, under the Land Compensation Act
2021-04-01 09:53:00
A court has ordered that Southend Airport should pay a total of £86,500 in compensation to owners of 9 neighbouring homes who say their values were diminished by noise, following the extension of the runway. in 2012  In its ruling, the Upper Tribunal’s Lands Chamber ordered that payments ranging from £4,000 to £17,000 be made in respect of the 9 homes, while a claim for a 10th property was dismissed. The claims for compensation are under the Land Compensation Act 1973. There is more noise, as larger planes land and take off from the airport.  The longer runway enabling the airport to “attract low-cost commercial airlines operating much larger aircraft than had previously flown from it”. The Tribunal agreed that the extra noise had meant depreciation in the value of most of the lead properties.  In 2013, the value of the lead properties ranged from £150,000 to £280,000, and the claimants sought compensation of between £32,200 and £60,100.  The Land Compensation Act says it applies to cases where there have been alterations to runways or aprons.  ie. something physical has been built (not buildings). Back in June 2013, over 1,000 claims were made against the airport’s noise. .Tweet   London Southend Airport to pay out £86k over runway extension noise 31.3.2021   (BBC) . Southend Airport’s runway extension opened in 2012 . An airport has been ordered to pay compensation to the owners of neighbouring homes over noise caused by a runway extension. Dozens of homeowners near London Southend Airport claimed the property values were diminished following the extension which opened in 2012. The claims were denied by the airport. But nine were upheld by the Upper Tribunal’s Lands Chamber, which ordered the airport should pay out a total of £86,500. The court in London considered 10 exemplar cases after 190 current and former owners of houses near the airport made claims under the Land Compensation Act 1973. Claimants said the value of their homes had been reduced by “physical factors caused by the use of the runway extension, and in particular by the increased noise they experience from the larger aircraft which now take off and land”. ‘A noisy environment got noisier’ The airport denied that the value of any of the lead properties had been “diminished by relevant physical factors resulting from the use of the runway extension and it values each of the claims at nil”. In its ruling, the tribunal said daytime noise data showed between 2011 and 2014 “what was already quite a noisy environment got noisier”. It said: “We are satisfied from the evidence of fact, the expert noise evidence and our site inspection that the use of the runway extension has caused depreciation in the value of most of the lead properties due to noise.” The tribunal ordered payments ranging from £4,000 to £17,000 to be made in respect of nine homes, and a claim for a 10th property was dismissed. A spokesman for the airport said: “London Southend Airport respects the decision of the independent judicial tribunal. “The airport takes its role in the community extremely seriously and will continue to engage with residents so that we can all enjoy a sustainable future founded on responsible airport operations and creating long-term job opportunities.” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-56588984 . Airport development & expansion claims Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973 provides that compensation can be claimed by residents who own and also occupy property, near an airport, that has been reduced in value by physical factors such as noise, vibration, smell, fumes, smoke and artificial lighting caused by certain airport developments and expansions. Claims are made against the company managing the works, usually the airport operator, known as the ‘Responsible Authority’. https://www.hughjames.com/service/environmental-compensation/runway-development-and-expansion . The Land Compensation Act 1973 https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1973/26/part/I The change in conditions could be a change in the physical infrastructure (eg. longer runway). The Act says: ” 3) Subsection (2) above shall not by virtue of any alterations to an aerodrome apply to a claim in respect of physical factors caused by aircraft unless the alterations are runway or apron alterations.” Southend Airport ordered to pay compensation to home owners over noise A court ordered a total of £86,000 to be paid to nine household

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