§ Mr. Mather
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment on what criteria a reduction in the assessment of rateable value for a householder can be made in relation to nuisance from aircraft noise.
§ Mr. Oakes
The gross value of a dwelling for rating purposes—from which the rateable value is derived by means of a prescribed deduction—is defined in terms of the rent which it might reasonably be expected to command in the open market. Where this rent is reduced as a result of aircraft noise, a corresponding reduction in gross value is appropriate.