Residents claim they were in the dark over ‘danger zone’ planning

Fears a designated danger zone around a Yorkshire airport could impact on house prices have been voiced by residents who had been unaware their homes were affected.

Around 60 properties near Leeds Bradford Airport have been included in a new Public Safety Zone (PSZ).

The zone, which has been drawn up by the Civil Aviation Authority, earmarks land at the end of a runway that could be at risk of an aircraft accident.

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They also carry certain planning restrictions and aim to control the number of people on the ground who could be at risk if a plane crashes.

Christine Bull, who has lived in her Horsforth home since 1997, was shocked to discover her home was included in a PSZ that was drawn up in 2002.

She only found out during a recent consultation to change the boundaries of the zone.

“We found it absolutely devastating,” she said. “We had never been aware. All this time we have had no consultation.”

Ms Bull’s bungalow in Arran Drive has now been excluded from the redrawn PSZ, but she says 12 homes on her estate have been included and there are fears it could hit house prices.

She added: “This will now have a major impact on the resale value of the properties and also any future building plans.”

A spokesman from the CAA said they started overseeing the PSZ in 2010 and before that the Department of Transport was responsible for the zones.

He confirmed 60 properties are in the new PSZ while 32 homes have been removed.