Why would you receive a letter from a developer?
The letter may be of the developer’s own doing or because their funder or insurer told them they need to iron out any potential risks to the project. In such situations, the developer will want to check that their scheme will not cause you any loss of light. If it is found that it will impact your property, then in that case, they will want to rule out risk to their project, especially the risk of a potential injunction being pursued against them. If a loss of light to a certain level is found, they will typically wish to offer you some monetary compensation to avoid you trying to pursue the injunction route.
Letter Contents and Compensation
As it is in the developers’ interest to eradicate such risks to their projects, it is normal for them to write to a neighbour to open up some dialogue. They may simply offer a sum of money as compensation. More often, they will first ask if their appointed surveyor can visit your property to do some internal measuring.
After this, they will refine their computer model and calculate results that show the existing light levels in your rooms and how they will be after their proposed development. Assuming the light loss is of a certain level, compensation may be offered.
How do you know the compensation is fair?
The developers usually recognise that an offer of compensation to a neighbour may mean nothing to a layperson. As a neighbour, how do you know the developer’s surveyor has correctly measured and modelled your property? How do you know they have modelled the proposed development correctly? Is the compensation figure offered fair and reasonable? Typically, a neighbour will have no idea what level of compensation might be reasonable or not.
For this reason, developers usually write to neighbours and offer to pay reasonable fees for a surveyor of their choice. This means your appointed surveyor can do the necessary checks on your behalf and report to you independently. We can do this for you.