Residents hurt home values

Residents hurt home values

Residents hurt home values

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I WAS astonished to hear that Mobberley Parish Council and a local residents group are opposing the proposed redevelopment of the Ilford Way site over concerns about aircraft noise, Guardian, August 20.

My family and I moved to Mobberley in 2002 just after the second runway opened at Manchester Airport.

While the additional runway was clearly a consideration in us moving to the village, we agreed that this was a minor issue compared to the quality of life in terms of a unique village character, excellent schooling and an abundance of green spaces.

Having looked at the planning application in some detail I am satisfied the proposed development changes none of this.

However, my major worry is that saying “no” to houses on the Ilford site on the basis of aircraft noise would make a clear statement to future residents that it is not safe to the live in the existing ones.

I am unaware of any evidence to support this and understand there are countless measures in place to ensure that aircraft noise does not cause detriment to residents. 

People are still buying houses in the village despite the proposals for the site being public knowledge for more than 12 months.

Four homes have recently been sold on Smith Lane, close to the entrance of the Ilford site and directly under a flight path.

Clearly these buyers are willing to live close to an airport as I’m sure millions of people do across the UK.

However, refusing the scheme on this basis risks causing blight on all homes in Mobberley for generations to come.

Marcus Shamim Mobberley resident

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6:30am Fri 5 Sep 14

garethwilson says...

http://www.bbc.co.uk
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6:37am Fri 5 Sep 14

garethwilson says...

Type 'Aircraft noise stroke heart disease' into google and you'll get all the evidence you'll need Marcus. Its only coming to light in studies over the past few years that blood pressure, repeatedly raised by aircraft noise throughout the day and/or night increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. This research is certainly not common knowledge and I would imagine nobody who buys a house on Ilford Way would know about it.

Also, the Ilford Way site is DIRECTLY under the flight path, the aircraft noise is significantly louder than it is in other properties further away.
Type 'Aircraft noise stroke heart disease' into google and you'll get all the evidence you'll need Marcus. Its only coming to light in studies over the past few years that blood pressure, repeatedly raised by aircraft noise throughout the day and/or night increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. This research is certainly not common knowledge and I would imagine nobody who buys a house on Ilford Way would know about it. Also, the Ilford Way site is DIRECTLY under the flight path, the aircraft noise is significantly louder than it is in other properties further away. garethwilson
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12:38pm Fri 5 Sep 14

giamusic says...

Marcus please correct me if i'm wrong are you the builder who lives in Mobberley who sat with the developers during the council meeting? Is it you that own lands on the proposed development site?

"While the additional runway was clearly a consideration in us moving to the village, we agreed that this was a minor issue compared to the quality of life in terms of a unique village character, excellent schooling and an abundance of green spaces"

Ahhh so you moved to Mobberley for it's quality of life, unique village character and abundance of green spaces did you. Well in that case you've just shot yourself in the foot with regard to your argument.

With over 300 more houses added to the Ilford site with more to be considered on more Greenbelt land Mobberley will no longer be a village. So the 'unique village character' you talk about if this development goes ahead will be GONE because we will simply be Urban sprawling into a suburb of Knutsford.

The green spaces you mention WILL BE GONE, not only does this development build on possibly contaminated Brown site land but also on the neighboring Greenbelt land (check the plans you so carefully studied).

As for aircraft noise, yes everyone in Mobberley puts up with aircraft noise. But these new houses are directly under exceedingly low flying aircraft. Noise aside it's **** dangerous putting that many people directly under the flight path......especially when George Osborne has only recently stated he plans to increase air traffic into the UK. How will we evacuate this many more people should there be an aircraft emergency?

Now on the infrastructure of Mobberley....this lovely quaint village you love so much with it's 1 room doctor surgery, it's tiny village school, few shops, one track roads and 7 car parking space train station would have to sustain at least 1000 more people. That means building a bigger surgery, a bigger school, (which by the way the developers want to build on site causing an environmental hazard to children learnings as well as risking their safety). Expanding the railway station, more shops.......won't have much 'unique village character' then will it.

I wonder if you've taken into account the added traffic through and around the village. As you know our village roads are already old, with caved in sewers, pot holes and no pavements, overgrown hedgerows. Who's going to cough up the money to fix this to support over 2000 more cars in the village and 1000 more pedestrians. The council? The developers? Didn't think so.

What about the Greater crested Newts (an endangered species) that has already been moved by the airport to Mobberley when they tarmacked over Ashley. They live in the wildlife reserve and in the surrounding fields. That's 1000 more people treading through their habitat.

In conclusion it is an absolute disgrace that this development proposal is even being considered and it will be the death of Mobberley village if it goes ahead.
Marcus please correct me if i'm wrong are you the builder who lives in Mobberley who sat with the developers during the council meeting? Is it you that own lands on the proposed development site? "While the additional runway was clearly a consideration in us moving to the village, we agreed that this was a minor issue compared to the quality of life in terms of a unique village character, excellent schooling and an abundance of green spaces" Ahhh so you moved to Mobberley for it's quality of life, unique village character and abundance of green spaces did you. Well in that case you've just shot yourself in the foot with regard to your argument. With over 300 more houses added to the Ilford site with more to be considered on more Greenbelt land Mobberley will no longer be a village. So the 'unique village character' you talk about if this development goes ahead will be GONE because we will simply be Urban sprawling into a suburb of Knutsford. The green spaces you mention WILL BE GONE, not only does this development build on possibly contaminated Brown site land but also on the neighboring Greenbelt land (check the plans you so carefully studied). As for aircraft noise, yes everyone in Mobberley puts up with aircraft noise. But these new houses are directly under exceedingly low flying aircraft. Noise aside it's **** dangerous putting that many people directly under the flight path......especially when George Osborne has only recently stated he plans to increase air traffic into the UK. How will we evacuate this many more people should there be an aircraft emergency? Now on the infrastructure of Mobberley....this lovely quaint village you love so much with it's 1 room doctor surgery, it's tiny village school, few shops, one track roads and 7 car parking space train station would have to sustain at least 1000 more people. That means building a bigger surgery, a bigger school, (which by the way the developers want to build on site causing an environmental hazard to children learnings as well as risking their safety). Expanding the railway station, more shops.......won't have much 'unique village character' then will it. I wonder if you've taken into account the added traffic through and around the village. As you know our village roads are already old, with caved in sewers, pot holes and no pavements, overgrown hedgerows. Who's going to cough up the money to fix this to support over 2000 more cars in the village and 1000 more pedestrians. The council? The developers? Didn't think so. What about the Greater crested Newts (an endangered species) that has already been moved by the airport to Mobberley when they tarmacked over Ashley. They live in the wildlife reserve and in the surrounding fields. That's 1000 more people treading through their habitat. In conclusion it is an absolute disgrace that this development proposal is even being considered and it will be the death of Mobberley village if it goes ahead. giamusic
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