How has the continuing expansion of London Heathrow Airport affected communities and the housing market within the local areas?

Docherty, Lorraine (2010) How has the continuing expansion of London Heathrow Airport affected communities and the housing market within the local areas? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The dissertation focuses on how the continuing expansion at London Heathrow Airport (LHR), and in particular the third runway proposals, affects the surrounding local communities and residential housing market. A qualitative approach, which usually results in findings with a high degree of validity, was adopted. Primary data collection, that included conducting a snapshot survey of a random sample of residents by way of a questionnaire and also interviews with specific stakeholders, was undertaken between October 2009 and February 2010.Secondary data collection was sourced between July 2009 and mid-April 2010 from the University of Portsmouth Library Catalogue, books, journals, electronic journals, the Internet, newspaper articles, magazines and academic databases such as Athens. Operations at LHR have grown dramatically from the use of tented terminal accommodation in the 1940s to a five terminal, two runway, complex with current proposals to expand by the provision of a third runway. The disturbance footprint related to LHR operations extends for a distance of 20miles from LHR. LHR is the largest single employer in the area and a major contributor to both the local and UK economy. Expansion can bring with it increased noise and air pollution but also be the source of personal emotional trauma when proposals lead to the destruction of homes and the ‘blighting’, or diminution in value, of residential property. The effect of expansion on both house prices and sales volume would however appear to be very localised. It remains a difficult task to achieve an acceptable balance to satisfy concerns raised by stakeholders over the effect of expansion on the environment, climate change, local communities and the residential housing market against the commercial interests of the airport operator and their suppliers, their corporate social responsibility and contribution to the economy.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/1034

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