A couple who have been forced out of their home by wind turbine noise have found out their house is unsaleable.
Jane and Julian Davis moved out of their Deeping St Nicholas home in Christmas 2006 after months of sleepless nights due to what they believe is noise and vibration from wind turbines, which are around 900m from their property.
They have long believed it has no value, and their fears have now been proved justified, after estate agents Munton and Russell refused to market the property at Grays Farm.
Mrs Davis said: “We have said for a long time that our house has no market value at the moment.
“But people said ‘put your money where your mouth is’ and prove it. While we knew that was the case, it is still a very painful thing to see written down.”
Russell Gregory wrote to Mr and Mrs Davis saying until the problems with wind turbines were resolved it was impossible to put a current market value on the property as no prospective buyer would want to live there and no mortgage lender would be prepared to lend on it.
He said: “I don’t think I have ever refused one before.
“Everything has a value, but where that value lies with something like this is a bit of an unknown quantity.
“We have a duty towards the buyer but if you can’t sleep there then it is uninhabitable.”
Mr and Mrs Davis own the house but they have another 23 years to run on the tenancy of the farmland.
And if it was not for Lincolnshire County Council relaxing their rules, Mr and Mrs Davis would not be allowed to moved out without losing the land and the bungalow in which Mr Davis’ parents still live.
The whole situation has seen their plans for the future, including extending the house, thrown into turmoil.
Mrs Davis added: “It was all our life’s dreams. We had plans to build on. Everything was ready to proceed but ultimately there was no point.”
By Tom Hughes
22 May 2008