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Flight Blight

Nobody mentioned the low flying planes before this reader bought a house in Ramsgate. Clearly this was dishonest. It also highlights one of the negative effects that the airport has on the local area.

Do any of you have helpful suggestions for our reader?


Dear No Night Flights,

I wonder if you might be able to help us.

We purchased a house in [central Ramsgate, under the flightpath] last year and were unaware when we moved in of low flying
planes over the house on a regular basis to and from Manston Airport.

We were not informed of this occurrence by either the estate agents or
the vendor before we bought the house and we would be very grateful to
hear if you have come across this problem before and if you can suggest
if there is anything we can do about it.

We realise that legal action
would be expensive but wondered if this might come under the consumer
act for example?

With thanks for your help and we look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely…

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16 comments

  1. Denis Cannon

    I believe there is a duty of disclosure by sellers to any prior disputes with noisy neighbours etc but whether this applies to other nuisances such as aircraft I’m not sure. It should do so I suggest the witer checks with a solicitor who deals with this type of dispute.Just google the problem and a million or so solicitors will appear.

  2. Chas Harding

    Surely your solicitor should have informed you of the proximity of the airport and the actions going on there when you started to buy your house.I’d have a word with him if I was you.My guy informed me, and I was able to look into it further…….I still moved in!!!

  3. This has been a problem for many years I bought my home in 2009 Beltinge Herne Bay no mention in the enviroment report venders etc.Think this is disgraceful, even my solicitors never mentioned this.Typical they think Herne Bay isnt on the flight path.

  4. I think this may be a case of caveat emptor…

  5. Dick Holness

    I am a little surprised that anyone would buy a house anywhere unfamiliar without spending some time in the locality and taking the trouble to find out any possible wrinkles, and then deciding either to accept them or go elsewhere.

  6. Sue your solicitor.

  7. Dennis Franklin

    I used to be a mortgage/valuation/building/surveyor, and would know if a property had a history say of previous bomb damage (due to war) or land slip, proposed road development up to 10 or 15 years ahead, and various other reasons to devalue a property. Your conveyancing solicitor is at fault if they didn’t warn you of low flying aircraft devaluing your purchase ( Its not unknown for solicitors to ignore problems, just to get a completion!) You can sue your solicitor for failure in his Duty of Care, and I would do this, if they failed to warn you of the environmental problems.

  8. Dennis Franklin

    Can I re-post my earlier comment with further information? As a former Building/Mortgage/Valuation Surveyor, any prospective purchaser of a property should be informed by either a surveyor, or a conveyancing solicitor of any past or even future problems affecting a properties value, because they have a Duty of Care to do so! Problems could include bomb damage, land slip, subsidence, and future long term infrastructure improvements such as proposed new roads, or housing developments.If someone puchases a property under the flight path of the Manston airfield, or within say a mile either side of it, it must devalue the property by at least 15% to 20% for a similar property that isn’t under a flight path. If a purchaser has not been informed by a solicitor the property is under a flight path, or within say a mile either side of it, then the purchaser should sue the them for negligence, and I suggest they contact the Solicitors Regulation Authority, Ipsley Court, Berrington Close, Redditch, Worcs, B98 OTD. tel: 0870 606 2555 for advice. Don’t approach a local solicitor, they usually belong to a local association which may include a cosy number of Estate Agents!

  9. Thank you to everyone for your advice and taking the trouble to post. When I recently contacted the estate agents to ask why they did not tell us he replied that he would have done if he had known but had no idea. Considering I have now watched the planes fly just as low over the estate agents office which is a stones throw from our house I find that very hard to believe!

  10. Hi, we bought our bungalow in 2007 right under the flight path and near the airport, no one told us about the planes or how low they are, it seems to be a problem in this area as our new neighbours have had the same problem. could any of us sue? goodness knows.

  11. You should have done your own homework first – therefore you only have yourself to blame – you’ve made your bed now you will have to lie in it

    • Dear Oh DearOur solicitor has advised us that the flights as they are would be very difficult for us to discover unless we were at the house all the time so we would be reliant on being told. What homework do you think we could have done in relation to this? I am asking in a genuine manner as I really don’t know. As for lying in bed – not a chance if the 6.20 am flight is flying over!

  12. Dear Oh DearOur solicitor has advised us that the flights as they are would be very difficult for us to discover unless we were at the house all the time so we would be reliant on being told. What homework do you think we could have done in relation to this? I am asking in a genuine manner as I really don’t know. As for lying in bed – not a chance if the 6.20 am flight is flying over! J. Plummer

  13. Ring up the airport and ask them, they’re actually very nice unlike the picture that gets painted here time after time Or you could join one of the spotters sites, they can usually tell you what’s coming in on any given day. I must admit though I had check that this was genuine as I really can’t believe that someone would move into an area without checking what goes on around it – and didn’t you see the signs around the place with a picture of an aircraft on them?

    • Dear Oh DearI haven’t found the airport to be helpful at all I’m afraid and I don’t think any of your suggestions would have revealed that the plane goes only 40 feet above the house – and night and very very early morning. And my street has other people who bought their houses without knowing the full extent about the planes and there are also others on this site. All genuine.