Hellesdon residents fear late-night flights from Norwich Airport could impact house prices and quality of life

Generic views of Norwich Airport. An Eastern Airways aircaft. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Generic views of Norwich Airport. An Eastern Airways aircaft. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

People living near Norwich Airport fear their house prices could plummet should late-night flights go ahead in the future.

Their concerns were raised to Hellesdon Parish Council on Tuesday in the wake of the airport's recently published draft masterplan.

The document states that future flights could be scheduled through to 1.30am up to four-days-a-week in the summer months.

It has also proposed to extend the runway and build new taxiways to boost capacity and allow heavier planes to land.

But residents in Hellesdon expressed concern over the changes and claimed their lives could be disrupted.

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Speaking at the parish council meeting, Robert Wendrop, who lives on Holt Road, said: 'It's the night flights and aircraft size that worries me.

'The runway extension would allow much bigger planes to land, which would make much more noise.

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'We are very near the flight path and it would have a massive impact on the house value.'

The airport's draft masterplan, which was revealed in July, covers its anticipated development up to 2045.

Its ambitions include increasing annual passengers numbers from 520,000 to 930,000 by 2030, and more than 1.4 million by 2045.

But that could lead to extended operational hours.

Managing director Richard Pace previously said the extension would be necessary so that planes could complete two return trips to holiday destinations further afield in a single day.

Helen Bibby, who lives around five minutes from the airport, said: 'If they are going to be flying until 1.30am, then people's quality of life is going to be affected.

'I think the parish council needs to put a robust response in and engage more with the residents on this.'

Parish councillor David King told residents that even with the expansion plans, the airport would still not be able to accommodate certain large aircraft, such as a Boeing 747.

Meanwhile, councillor Graham Everett said his concern was that it would be Norwich City Council making a decision on any future plans.

'It is Broadland residents who are affected by this, but the decision will be made by Norwich City Council, and I think that is where the problem comes.'

To view the plans, visit www.norwichairport.co.uk

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