The impact (blight) on house value caused by urban landslides in England and Wales

William Disberry, Andy Gibson*, Rob Inkpen, Malcolm Whitworth, Claire Dashwood, Mike Winter

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We examine how large, slow moving landslides impact urban house prices in three areas of England and Wales. 12,663 house transaction values were analysed covering all house sales 1995-2012 in Lyme Regis, Dorset; Ventnor, Isle of Wight and Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan. Values were analysed with respect to local landslide events and visible landslide damage. In all three study areas, individual landslide events caused little or no negative impacts on nearby property prices, though remediation is likely to have short-term positive impacts on local house prices. Localised blight and suppressed house prices to a distance of 75 m was found in areas affected by ongoing incipient movement. By comparison with other sources of property blight, the radius of influence is 25% of that expected from an abandoned property or electricity pylon and less than 5% that of a windfarm. The socio-economic environment was important in determining the degree of house price impact of landslide events and for most locations, landslides form only a minor impact compared to other factors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLandslides in Different Environments
EditorsMatjaž Mikoš, Vít Vilímek, Yueping Yin, Kyoji Sassa
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783319534831
ISBN (Print)9783319534824
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
Event4th World Landslide Forum - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Duration: 29 May 20172 Jun 2017


Conference4th World Landslide Forum


  • House price
  • Lyme regis
  • Merthyr tydfil
  • Urban landslides
  • Ventnor


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