Noise will be too much for new homes

Sir – West Oxfordshire District Council needs to consider its response to the application to build 700 homes east of Carterton in Brize Norton parish very carefully, as its decision may have implications nationally with respect to noise pollution on other sites.

If a developer was to submit a planning application for a new airport, or an extension to an existing airport, with the predicted noise levels on a nearby settlement equivalent to those currently measured on the Carterton East site, then the planning application would be refused.

If the council approves this application it will be setting a dangerous precedent for all those developments where noise pollution could have a significant detrimental effect on nearby settlements and thereby blight the future lives of many people.

A planning application for a new development of 700 houses plonked within 750 metres of the arrivals and departures area of the UK’s busiest RAF base, which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, should therefore be refused.

Philip Squire, Station Road, Brize Norton

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5:05pm Wed 12 Feb 14

skcollob says...

The people who will be buying or renting these houses, will know that they will be living next to the largest RAF base in the country, no one will be forced to buy or rent a home on the new estate.
It will be worth noting that the base has been there since 1937, which is a lot longer than a large amount of the homes and the current residents in Brize village, who when they bought their homes either did not know it was there or did not care they were going to be living next to a base which operates 24 hrs a day 365 days a year, so why should it be different for any one else. After all Mr Squire you (i assume) bought your house in the village knowing the base was there or were you and the other villagers forced into living next to the base? As i have said on here before i live right next to the perimeter fence and i have no problem, i have got used to it. So If it really is that bad, why do you live where you do?
The people who will be buying or renting these houses, will know that they will be living next to the largest RAF base in the country, no one will be forced to buy or rent a home on the new estate. It will be worth noting that the base has been there since 1937, which is a lot longer than a large amount of the homes and the current residents in Brize village, who when they bought their homes either did not know it was there or did not care they were going to be living next to a base which operates 24 hrs a day 365 days a year, so why should it be different for any one else. After all Mr Squire you (i assume) bought your house in the village knowing the base was there or were you and the other villagers forced into living next to the base? As i have said on here before i live right next to the perimeter fence and i have no problem, i have got used to it. So If it really is that bad, why do you live where you do? skcollob
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8:48pm Thu 13 Feb 14

LongTimeResident says...

I find the continuous complaints about noise from RAF Brize Norton extremely frustrating. Having lived in Carterton for 35 years I do not find the noise to be a issue. I sleep with my windows open at night without being disturbed by the dreaded engine testing (I live extremely close to the runway). I do not understand how people expect the largest military base in the UK to be quiet.
I find the continuous complaints about noise from RAF Brize Norton extremely frustrating. Having lived in Carterton for 35 years I do not find the noise to be a issue. I sleep with my windows open at night without being disturbed by the dreaded engine testing (I live extremely close to the runway). I do not understand how people expect the largest military base in the UK to be quiet. LongTimeResident
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10:25am Fri 14 Feb 14

cbm says...

Some churches have had to stop ringing their bells because the noise was disturbing sleep - they had rung for hundreds of years before the complainers moved into the villages. How long until people moving into the new houses want the base to stop operating because the noise is ruining their quality of life? If you live near an airport, you will get noise and, if the airport was there first, you should not complain about it - you chose to live there! If the proposed estate is built, I hope the new houses come with a caveat that they will not be able to make any complaints regarding the running of the RAF base!
Some churches have had to stop ringing their bells because the noise was disturbing sleep - they had rung for hundreds of years before the complainers moved into the villages. How long until people moving into the new houses want the base to stop operating because the noise is ruining their quality of life? If you live near an airport, you will get noise and, if the airport was there first, you should not complain about it - you chose to live there! If the proposed estate is built, I hope the new houses come with a caveat that they will not be able to make any complaints regarding the running of the RAF base! cbm
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