Aircraft noise has long been a feature of West London - people forget that Concorde used to routinely stop conversations locally! There has been no full-length runway built in the south-east since the 1940s, and this measure is necessary if we want London to remain the most exciting city on earth.
Planes are getting quieter and most locals see the background noise as a price worth paying when all the other positives of this region are taken into account.
The government’s announcement this week that it has approved a third runway at Heathrow has caused worry among homeowners. Aircraft noise is already an issue for residents across west and southwest London. The final report from the Airports Commission states that noise will “reduce significantly” over the coming decades as “new and quieter aircraft come into service and as flight paths are redesigned and improved.” In the meantime, homebuyers are likely to factor the runway into their decisions. Experts are divided on how (house) prices will be affected in future. The worst-affected areas are to the immediate west of Heathrow: Hounslow, Feltham and West Drayton. Residents in Ealing, Chiswick, Richmond, Kew and Twickenham also experience aircraft noise. The pull of large period houses in places such as The Green in Richmond will continue despite the new runway.