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To worry about living 550m from a 400kv pylon?

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Marsaday Wed 01-Jun-16 20:32:26

We've had an offer accepted on a house. Nothing exchanged yet, survey and searches not done either yet as vendors have yet to find for themselves.
We've just discovered that the government have approved a new 400kv powerline which will run approx 550m from the house. It will be mounted on pylons between 36-50m high depending on the type they use.
The house is currently 300m from a 132kv line, which will be taken down and dug under the ground as part of the works.

I am now wondering if I should be worried about being this distance from such a high voltage line. I know there is an increased risk of childhood leukaemia living close, but not sure if 550m falls within this range.
We have a baby and a toddler and obviously don't want to put them at risk.

Also wondering about the buzzing/cracking noise they make when it rains, I'm not sure if you'd hear it at 550m or not. Does anyone know?

I'm also concerned about it making the house hard to sell or massively devaluing it.

Finally I'm not sure about how intrusive the work would be to construct such a line, whether it could mean years of disturbance amd construction traffic for example.

Should I be worried?

Zaurak Wed 01-Jun-16 20:40:51

i know there is an increased risk of childhood leukaemia living close

There isn't.

All your other concerns re: works, noise and unsightliness are valid.

londonrach Wed 01-Jun-16 20:46:37

There is an increased risk of cancer according to a 2001 report.

it might also effect resell valves. I personally wouldnt look at a house that close.

But its your choice.

Egosumquisum Wed 01-Jun-16 20:50:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MrsFrankieHeck Wed 01-Jun-16 20:52:19

I would not buy it. A relative and her sibling both had leukemia, at different times, although both in early adulthood, and both times the consultant asked if they lived near a pylon during childhood. They did.

I know this proves nothing but just explaining why I wouldn't.

AyeAmarok Wed 01-Jun-16 21:04:01

YABU. It doesn't cause cancer.

And 550m is pretty far and you won't be able to hear the sound from that distance.

Peachy27 Wed 01-Jun-16 21:09:47

I think if there is the slightest doubt in your mind don't do it. There will be other houses. We once pulled out of a house as it was close to an electricity sub station. I read all sorts of things and couldn't come to a conclusive answer but thought myself, if heaven forbid the children did ever get cancer I would never forgive myself as I would always blame it on that even if in reality it was unrelated.
I loved the house and ended up buying one I liked less but I never doubt for a second I made the right choice.

firtlebunny Wed 01-Jun-16 21:26:31

Over half a kilometre away? FFS. YABU.

specialsubject Wed 01-Jun-16 21:32:49

No evidence for health risk. But because scientific understanding is considered geeky, too many will dive for the tinfoil hats (phones tucked under them.. )and you could have a resale issue.

Pylons aren't pretty but we want electricity. Although if they are connected to a wind farm there won't be much of that unless the backup diesel is turned on.

specialsubject Wed 01-Jun-16 21:33:47

BTW a substation presents no more 'risk' than the electric cables and fields throughout a house.

specialsubject Wed 01-Jun-16 21:39:16

Oh, and that full cancer research link actually says that there is no conclusive evidence. The 2001 study referred to e fields INSIDE the home, so if worried you can go electric-free. No thanks...

littlepeas Wed 01-Jun-16 21:40:00

Personally, I wouldn't buy the house. I know that the research has shown then link to cancer to be unfounded, but I would still feel very uneasy. I think others would feel uneasy too, which could possibly affect the value or make it more difficult to sell.

Egosumquisum Wed 01-Jun-16 21:49:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

neonrainbow Wed 01-Jun-16 21:52:20

I live right next to a pylon and it doesnt bother me at all. Very occasionally it crackles but i don't notice it.

Zaurak Wed 01-Jun-16 21:57:29

I'm a scientist. My background is in genetics of development and cancer. I know a couple of the teams that worked on EMFs in the early years of mobile phones. There's no link between cancer and EMFs. They looked for years all the managed to do was mildly heat up some tissue.
The pylon research in that link is deeply flawed. It's actually used as a teaching example on how random number are patchy and can give rise to the erroneous assumption that there are cancer clusters.
There is an absolute tin of stuff in our modern environments that can trigger or promote cancer but EMFs 'ain't one.

If the pylon blights your view or the access roads affect you then it might affect property values.

nutbrownhare15 Wed 01-Jun-16 22:04:41

Zaurak can I ask what does trigger or promote cancer?

bluecarpet Wed 01-Jun-16 22:06:15

No proven increased health risk but the value may plummet so unless you're getting the bargain of the century I wouldn't.

Egosumquisum Wed 01-Jun-16 22:09:12

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Osirus Wed 01-Jun-16 22:10:32

Resale value is your biggest problem.

Mouikey Wed 01-Jun-16 22:11:18

So we often camp at Glastonbury in a field with a similar pylon, my parents house is also close to one. In a tent the buzzing is terrible when it rains but can't hear it at all in my parents house. We looked at a house in a similar situation years ago but decided against it. The value of the house will go down once built or during construction - probably why they are trying to sell now... It will probably be harder to find a buyer long term as they will have the same worries you do! If you love the house and are happy reduce your offer on the basis of the pylons - the vendor will be aware of it.

specialsubject Wed 01-Jun-16 22:11:55

Zaurak - thank you. Mn needs more like you! flowers

Glovebug Wed 01-Jun-16 23:48:00

I wouldn't buy a house near a pylon, I think it will impact the resale value

DefinitelyNotAJourno Thu 02-Jun-16 00:46:44

I'm wondering if posters to this thread realise just how far 550 metres is. Anyone would think you were talking about fifty!

Marsaday Thu 02-Jun-16 01:57:29

definitelynotajourno this is why i am posting. We sometimes go for a walk on a footpath that goes directly underneath a high voltage line. Close up you can hear it crackle but I've no idea what the impact of living 550m away would be.
The pylons would I guess be visible from the garden and from inside only from a small side window in two of the four bedrooms because of the way the house faces.
The house is about 10 houses from open ground (at the end of the street) and the pylons will run across this open ground rather than near to houses.

BeALert Thu 02-Jun-16 02:29:19

I live about 600-800 feet from a 345Kv line. I never notice it at all and it's certainly not had any effect on local house prices.

I've never given a second thought to the effects on my kids. There are dozens of houses that are closer to the lines than me, most of them with children living in them.

A few years ago they replaced all the pylons, and I did hear some sounds when they used explosives. I also remember one day watching them fixing the line from a helicopter, which was pretty cool but a bit noisy.

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