Daylight & Sunlight Matters for Architects and Planning Consultants

Most of our work is carried out in conjunction with architects, or planning consultants, or on larger schemes, both! From sole practitioners to large national and international based practices, we aim to work alongside you and your client.

As an architect or planning consultant, you will no doubt be some of the first members of the team, and will be involved with the client from the off.

Your design will need to comply with a whole host of criteria to satisfy planning policies and, of course, our input will be just one aspect of a bigger picture.

By involving us early we can assess your scheme to advise on the impact it will have upon neighbouring property owners in terms of Daylight and Sunlight, and overshadowing to the neighbours’ garden areas.

You may also be asked to have your own design checked for compliance, and again, we can assess your own scheme to report upon the daylight and sunlight levels that the newly designed building will achieve.

Our reports are prepared based upon the requirements of the most widely recognised and used document in the UK for assessing good Daylight and Sunlight design. This is a document known as “Site Layout Planning for Daylight and Sunlight – A Guide to Good Practice, 2nd Edition” by Paul Littlefair. This is a nationally recognised publication, and whilst not mandatory, it has been adopted by many design practitioners, planning consultants and Local Authority Planning Departments throughout the UK.

Whilst we carry out many of these reports for developers, and occasionally Local Authorities themselves, on occasion we find that a developer has been asked for such a report when one is not really required. We have on several occasions helped to persuade Local Authorities to drop the need for a full assessment with a simple letter, thus saving your client the cost of a full report, and the associated time delay.

At Smith Marston, we want to provide a good, reliable service, and help you get your scheme over the line. We report accurately, and we will not simply tell you what you want to hear, but, what you need to hear. Reporting must always be credible and stand up to scrutiny so as not to undermine our service and put your application at risk of being refused.

Whilst we prepare Daylight and Sunlight Assessments, we can also add value to developer clients by being able to ‘bolt on’ a legal Right of Light Assessment as well. Not all Daylight and Sunlight consultants can do this, and this sets us apart from them. We can also provide a comprehensive Party Wall suite of services if required, allowing us to provide a number of neighbourly matter services under one roof.

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    CPD Events

    We also provide in house CPD talks to Architects and Planning Consultants, and again, we would be pleased to come and talk to you, explain about Daylight and Sunlight requirements, and how they differ to Legal Right of Light issues.
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    “Smith Marston have assisted us on several major development projects in the last few years and have always provided a fantastic level of service. Their work is consistently professional, delivered on time and with a great back-up service. Adrian is always available to offer advice when needed and has often gone out of his way to provide assistance with our developments – our application at City Road, Newcastle benefitted a great deal from Adrian’s knowledge of both the area and the local authority. We look forward to continuing our positive working relationship with Smith Marston.”

    Stuart Duffy, Director, KDP Chartered Architects
    “MMA have worked with Smith Marston on a variety of projects for many years and in all of that time they have been professional, knowledgeable, prompt and proactive. Most recently, Adrian was involved in a planning application for a 7-storey development in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. The site was confined and especially suffered from problems caused by the immediate proximity of a 5-storey residential building, resulting in over-shadowing and right-to-light issues. Without Adrian’s excellent advice and input, a successful planning application would not have been achieved.

    I have no hesitation in recommending Smith Marston to any future, potential clients.”

    Mario Minchell, Architect @ MMA