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HEATHROW’S THIRD RUNWAY HOME INSULATION COSTS COULD SOAR TO ALMOST £2bn
Heathrow may need to fork out nearly £2 billion on insulation of properties if a 3rd runway goes ahead.
Last year Heathrow announced that it was putting aside £700 million to insulate 160,000 homes if the Government gives a new runway the green light. But research by campaign group HACAN, which opposes a third runway, suggests the figure could be much higher if the insulation is done properly
In consultation with UK Soundproofing Ltd of West Sussex and Tudor Windows of London, HACAN has revealed that the average semi detached house will cost about £11,800 to totally insulate a property against noise. The total coast of full insulation of 160,000 homes would be £1.8 billion.
HACAN chair John Stewart said, “Heathrow are offering to insulate many more properties than they do today. Our supporters welcome this but only if their homes will be fully insulated. The cost of doing that would run into billions.”
Stewart added, “Admittedly, our estimates are based on costs for an individual home and there would be discounts if an order was placed, but it will still cost substantially more than the £700m originally put forward.”