HEATHROW airport has offered hundreds of residents living in Colnbrook the chance to upgrade the noise insulation on their homes - free of charge.

The airport announced that 708 householders in six areas - including Colnbrook - most affected by aircraft noise, will be invited to join its Quieter Homes Scheme based on an assessment by an independent noise appraisal expert.

It follows what it calls a “successful pilot programme” launched in 2014 running in three areas around Heathrow and chosen according to the level of noise from planes.

As well as receiving 100 per cent of the costs, householders will also be offered a wider range of products from a choice of suppliers.

Matt Gorman, Heathrow’s sustainability director, said: “Our noise insulation programmes are an essential part of our efforts to become a better, quieter neighbour. That is why – in addition to incentivising airlines to use the quietest planes and operate them as quietly as possible – we are re-opening our Quieter Homes Scheme. We look forward to working closely with the people and communities around us to help improve their quality of life.”

Eligible Colnbrook residents have already been advised and when they register for the scheme will will get a free, independent noise assessment before tailored noise installation is fitted.

It is estimated the scheme for all six areas could take up to four years to complete. In addition, over the coming years, the airport says will be rolling out further noise insulation programmes, as part of delivering on its third runway commitment to provide £700 million of noise insulation covering 160,000 homes.

For further information, contact Heathrow Community Schemes Freephone number on 0800 344844 or email communityschemes@heathrow.com.