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How a landfill site can affect the value of your home in Newcastle under Lyme

Posted on Tuesday, March 2, 2021

How a landfill site can affect the value of your home in Newcastle under Lyme

Selling your home can sometimes be difficult at the best of times, even more so in these unprecedented times we are in at the moment. What could make it worse than having a landfill site near your home, where the dust, noise and smell can sometimes be unbearable? Can you imagine showing people around your home and having the question asked to you ‘What’s that awful smell outside your home?’.

As a local Estate Agent, I do worry for sellers having to sell their home living close to a landfill site. I have done my research and found a report on Birmingham’s Landfill site.  

In Birmingham, there was a landfill site that was operating for 50 years! It was once the busiest in Europe! Research shows that living close to an active landfill site reduces house prices by 2.6%, and the cost to homeowners could still be counted two decades after the facility had shut, the research shows. Experts at Birmingham have found that houses situated within three kilometres of an active site, or within one kilometre of an historic site, suffer a significant price drop.

Professor David Maddison, who co-authored the report into the disamenity impact of landfill sites, said: “The house price differential is a measure of the negative impact landfills have on the local community. That is, nuisances such as noise, smell, wind-blown litter, the additional traffic as well as flies and vermin. What is interesting, however, is that the impact of landfill sites on house prices appears to endure over in excess of 20 years after closure.”

Now let’s look at how a landfill site could affect house prices in our local area. Take Silverdale, for example, where the average price of a property is £140,000, this means people in Silverdale could be losing on average £3,640. Now looking at Keele, where the average property price is £343,000, homeowners could be losing on average £8,918!

If anybody is experiencing the effects of a landfill site, then please call the 24/7 hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or contact ics@environment-agency.gov.uk