Heathrow launches free domestic noise insulation

Heathrow has opened up free noise insulation to more than 700 local residents following what the Airport describes as a successful pilot scheme.

Heathrow has announced that homeowners most affected by aircraft noise will be offered bespoke noise insulation free of charge. This selection has been based on an assessment by an independent noise appraisal expert. The offer follows a successful pilot programme launched in 2014, running in three zones around Heathrow and chosen according to the level of noise from the overflight of aircraft.

A total of 708 homes – in addition to the 474 already fitted with soundproofing insulation during the pilot scheme – will now be eligible to apply.

As well as 100% of the costs, residents will be offered a wider range of products with a choice of suppliers.

Matt Gorman, Heathrow’s Sustainability Director, says: “Our noise insulation programmes are an essential part of our efforts to become a better, quieter neighbour. That is why – in addition to incentivising airlines to use the quietest planes and operate them as quietly as possible – we are re-opening our Quieter Homes Scheme. We look forward to working closely with the people and communities around us to help improve their quality of life.”

Areas covered by the scheme include North Feltham, Bedfont, Cranford, Colnbrook, Harmondsworth and Stanwell North. It is estimated that the assessment and fitting of the tailored noise insulation for all the 708 qualifying properties may take up to four years to complete.

In addition, over the coming years, Heathrow say they will be rolling out further noise insulation programmes, as part of delivering on their third runway commitment to provide £700 million of noise insulation covering 160,000 homes.

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