Property can normally benefit sales-wise from new developments in the area. These new developments draw potential buyers in, which results in a higher than average percentage of viewings. However, there are some projects that have a reverse negative effect and could decrease viewings and interest in the property for sale. These large scale projects include infrastructures. Industrial installations, mining operations can be highlighted. They bring with them, varying degrees of disruption, noise,dirt to name but a few. Buyers are put off by this and clearly are not willing to pursue a sale. Recent headlines have raised issues about particular developments and the effect that they are having on net house prices.
Installations of mobile phone masts and new electricity pylons are at the centre of these headlines.
Some ‘stats’ involving pylons and masts in the UK
The Operators Association for mobile masts has stated that there were more than 50,000 mobile masts situated in the UK at the beginning of 2008. In central areas, masts are in spaces of between 150 metres and 400 metres. Country areas are intermittently spaced out every 1-6 kilometres. However, masts are often disguised or integrated into the landscape. put up on the roofs of buildings, or surrounded , and added to or included into high structures , making them less visible. In the modern world it is possible with the use of technology for mobile operators to contact and gain permission from private home owners to put up masts. These maybe hidden and disguised and erected on their houses for payment or rent.
Electricity pylons, however are not disguisable. They were introduced in1920. There has been little structural change, since then. Electricity is delivered to homes throughout the UK by these pylons. At the moment there are 87,000 in the country. 21,000 have access and joined to the main network, known as the National Grid. They are over 49 metres tall and over tower houses that are nearby.
Are there any health problems associated with these developments?
Several studies and many research projects, even government sponsored, argue that mobile phone masts are completely harmless. They are no threat to health and are completely safe. However, in the background the medical profession may dispute this. this unclear veil of thought and possible risk to health, has made buyers wary about buying property near these masts. Forcing house prices down. More health concern is associated to living near electricity pylons. medical research projects in 2006 provided evidence that people living within 55 yards of a high voltage pylon are at a greater risk of neurological or certain forms of cancer. The report suggests and calls for distance of 150 yards to be maintained, between pylons and houses.
More pylons will pop up throughout the UK in the future, as new homes are built and the population increases. Potential health scares and unsightly pylons that are a blot on the landscape, deter potential home buyers and are having an adverse effect on house prices.
In 2005, the government organised a committee, lead by health professionals. it was requested to see if there were any connections between health problems and pylons and overhead electricity lines. they concluded that new homes should not be built near existing pylons. They recommended future pylons should not be close to new homes.
The committee also claimed that in the UK there were an estimated 120,000 homes too close to pylons. Possibly a factor that could devalue house prices by a quarter.
In the future, Due to the ever growing need for mobile phone networks, living close to a mobile mast in a city will seem unavoidable. However, there are health concerns associated to living near to electricity pylons. Nothing has been proven, for or against. This doubt has created a staggering effect on the price of property.
Electric pylons, new developments, mobile masts can affect house values and hinder prices