Loss of Light Planning
Loss of light planning refers to the process of evaluating and managing the potential reduction of natural light caused by new developments. Considering the impact of proposed buildings or structures on neighbouring properties and public spaces is essential. Planning regulations and guidelines are in place to address this concern and ensure that existing daylight levels are not unreasonably compromised. Loss of light assessments assess the potential consequences on sunlight availability and aim to strike a balance between new developments and the need to maintain access to natural light. By engaging in thorough loss of light planning, developers can design projects that minimise any negative impacts and contribute to a well-lit and sustainable built environment.
Overshadowing occurs when new developments block sunlight from reaching nearby buildings or outdoor spaces. Planning rules have been established to regulate this issue and prevent the loss of daylight. By booking an assessment, you can evaluate the potential impact of overshadowing on existing properties and public areas. A daylight and sunlight assessment will help identify any concerns and objections related to overshadowing during the planning process. By addressing these issues proactively, you can ensure that your development project maximises natural light and minimises any negative effects on surrounding areas.
Initial Assessments for Neighbour Concerns
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to planning permission and right to light. We start with a telephone consultation to assess your individual case.
If the development is still in the planning process, we will let you know if you have valid grounds to challenge it. If the development already has planning permission, it is still possible to reduce its size or receive compensation if your property has a legal right of light. Right to light is obtained by enjoying the light uninterrupted and without permission for 20 years. An ‘adequate’ amount of light is the equivalent of the amount of light one foot away from a candle. If the amount of ‘adequate’ light in the room is reduced below 50-55% of the area because of the development, then the loss of light is considered actionable in court.
Overshadowing Planning Rules
By understanding and adhering to overshadowing rules, developers can create designs that maintain a harmonious balance between new and existing structures, preserving access to natural light for everyone involved. It’s important to consult with a daylight and sunlight assessor who is well-versed in these planning rules to ensure compliance and minimise potential objections during the planning process.
How Can We Help
If we determine that you have a valid case, we can represent you. We understand the importance of neighbourly relations and strive to maintain these throughout. We will work with you on approaching your neighbours to remain amicable.
We will write to the Local Authority on your behalf if the matter is still at the planning consideration stage. We can also try to use your right to light to reduce the size of the development. In some cases, this can prevent the development altogether. We can also advise on the compensation you may receive should you surrender your right to light completely.
- Right to Light assessment
- Smooth neighbour relations
- Write to the local authority
- Advise on compensation
- Offer expert advice and guidance
Planning an Objection?
Whilst we can calculate Daylight and Sunlight losses to your property that a neighbour’s development may cause, we are not Planning Consultants. Therefore, our focus can only concentrate on the aspects relating to Daylight and Sunlight. This is only one consideration of often many policy considerations. You may wish to consider objecting fully and as thoroughly as you can. We recommend you seek advice from other professionals on whether you may have reasonable grounds for objecting to a planning application.
Should you need such advice, Help Me Object is a company that can offer bespoke advice to help prepare a Planning Objection. They can provide letter templates should you wish to compose an object yourself. They have already had good results for a number of our clients. Contact them on the earlier link, and see how they can help you too.