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Natural light is no longer an infinite resource. Continuing development in dense urban environments and extensions to existing homes mean that available light needs to be managed and fairly distributed. As a property owner you can acquire a legal right to a certain amount of natural light.In your home, just over half of a room should be lit by natural light and for a commercial building slightly less. So how do you know whether or not your right to light is being affected, and if you think it is, what can you do about it?
If a new building limits the amount of light coming in through a window and the level of light inside falls below the acceptable level, then this constitutes an obstruction. Unless you waive your rights you are entitled to take legal action against your neighbour.This can be expensive and is not necessarily the best route. Professional advice at an early stage can stop the need to involve lawyers. House extensions are a common cause of right to light problems. A homeowner may employ a local building firm to extend their property without realising the development may affect adjacent properties. On a small building project a chartered surveyor or a right to light specialist are rarely employed and the first the developer knows of a problem is when they receive a solicitor's letter from one of their neighbours!
If you know a planned development may restrict your right to light, you are within your rights to oppose it even after planning permission has been granted. Depending on the extent of the problem, assuming the development goes ahead, the courts are able to either award compensation, reduce the offending part of the development or a combination of both. In extreme cases, the court may issue an injunction to prevent the development altogether. A specialist surveyor will be able to explain exactly what your rights are and help you resolve the problem if possible without having to go to court. If a proposed development is still at the planning stage, they will be able to estimate the amount of light that is likely to be lost as a result of the new structure.They can make an assessment, and help you decide whether or not you have a sufficiently strong enough case to fight.
A specialist surveyor will be able to assist in the design stage by testing design options and recommending solutions with minimal impact on the light to neighbouring properties. For major developments this is a cost effective option to prevent the risk of expensive design changes or planning delays at a later date due to impacts from daylight, sunlight and overshadowing issues. Specialist surveyors can also carry out assessments of lighting which are needed under the Code for Sustainable Homes.
If you are a surveyor who specialises in producing daylight reports and you would like your contact details to be listed on our website please click here to apply for a no obligation trial.