New residents to get official warnings about aircraft noise

People moving into new homes close to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport will be warned about aircraft noise before they move in, and the warning will become part of sales contracts, the Haarlems Dagblad has reported.

Agreement on an official aircraft noise warning has been reached between junior infrastructure minister Sharon Dijksma, Schiphol airport, airline KLM and local and provincial governments, the paper says.

While no new homes are being built directly under flight paths, thousands of houses are being built in areas where noise is likely to be a problem. In particular, 4,500 new homes are being built south-east of Amsterdam close to the Buitenveldert runway.

Other projects in Zaandam, Badhoevedorp, Hoofddorp and Beverwijk will also have to take aircraft noise into consideration.

The paper says that by warning potential residents about the aircraft noise, the sector will not be faced with extra costs and further expansion of housing stock will be made possible.