Whilst the guide focuses on design aspects, i.e. how a development should look, it also contains reinforcement of the BRE Daylight and Sunlight Guide in terms of a proposal’s impact on neighbouring properties, as well as meeting the minimum requirements for internal levels of daylight and sunlight.
Right of Light Consulting have delivered nearly 200 CPDs over the past 4 years to a variety of clients, architects, planning consultants and developers.
Solar panels have been a grey area in regard to light considerations at planning, with a general view that they ‘don’t count’. However, a 2019 court ruling now sets the precedent that they should be a material consideration in the decision whether to grant planning applications.
William Ellis McLennan vs Medway Council and Ken Kennedy 
A right to light is a type of easement, which means it is the right of one landowner to make the use of another nearby piece of land (not owned by them) for the benefit of their own land. In the specific case of rights of light, this benefits the buildings on the dominant land, allowing them to receive light into those buildings through windows, skylights and glass roofs (or similar) across the neighbouring servient land.
With High Streets declining and the demand for housing increasing, the Government is considering extending current permitted development rights in order to combat the slow supply of new dwellings and to help High Streets adapt to changes in consumer behaviour. However, the approach has been criticised heavily,
At Right of Light Consulting, we do love a quiz night. This year, we thought that we would raise money for a local charity, Havens Hospices. They are actively fundraising at the moment for a new adult hospice, which is currently being built in Prittlewell, Essex.