Assessing a Development

Development confined to restrictive sites are becoming more common. Planners are requiring that the levels of Daylighting and Sunlight to a proposal to be assessed. The BRE Guidance provides for different methodologies to be used to ensure that there is good housing stock. The following are typically required: Vertical Sky Component, Average Daylight Factor, No Sky Line, Room Depth, Annual Probable Sunlight Hours and Overshadowing to Gardens and Open Spaces.

Assessing the Surrounding Properties

The impact on surrounding properties can be the reason a proposal with gain planning consent or have its planning refused. The BRE Guidance provides for different methodologies to be used to ensure the impact to the levels of daylighting and sunlighting to the surrounding properties is kept to good standards. The test used are: Vertical Sky Component, No Sky Line, Annual Probable Sunlight Hours and Overshadowing to Gardens and Open Spaces.

The Difference between Daylight and Sunlight and Rights of Light

Daylight and Sunlighting is a planning consideration and is used by the Local Planning Authority to establish the appropriateness of a development within the built environment. Rights of Light is a common law issue, in which an aperture that has been in place for more than 20 years acquires an easement entitling it a pathway over neighbouring land (the development). Although the issues are different we have extensive knowledge of both and can assist.

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