Housing & Economy

    Would you buy a house near a fracking site?

    No one who chooses to live in a beautiful rural area such as Kirdford or Wisborough Green will select a property in the vicinity of a drill site with the associated traffic, noise and light pollution. Richard Sexton, a director of esurv, the UK's biggest provider of residential valuation services, said levels of public awareness about fracking are still low. He added that as awareness increased, fracking would affect house prices, "blighting properties in the areas perceived to be affected". Lingfield, Balcombe and Cowden, areas that have been affected by fracking have now seen prices drop by 20%. Home owners in fracking zones can find themselves trapped in a house they cannot sell, re-mortgage, insure or develop.