Right to Light Surveys

Proposed new buildings can obstruct existing buildings’ right of light. The existing occupiers are entitled to legal compensation if their building is adversely affected.

Precise survey and modelling of the existing buildings is required to enable rights of light specialists to measure the impact of a proposed scheme.

What are Rights to Light?

The term “right to light” refers specifically to a property’s right to a certain amount of light, rather than to all the light that it may once have received. It is a civil matter, separating it from local planning authorities’ consideration of daylight and sunlight. Significantly, this means rights of light must be considered even if a project has been granted planning permission.

While right of light objections are most often associated with residential properties, they can also pertain to non-domestic properties. Right of light rules even apply to non-habitable rooms.

To find out more about right to light surveys, call our project management team on 01483 230 080 or email enquiries@technicsgroup.com

Your right to light in England and Wales is protected under common law, adverse possession by the Prescription Act 1832. The Act states that rights of light can apply to “anyone who has had uninterrupted use of something over someone else’s land for 20 years without consent, openly and without threat, and without interruption for more than a year”.

If an infringement is made, the neighbouring property owner may seek an injunction forcing the planned development to be reduced in size. However, financial compensation may be awarded instead if the loss of light is small.

How are Rights to Light calculated?

Mathematical calculations – conducted with specialist computer software – are used to establish whether a proposed development will cause an infringement on a neighbouring property (or properties). This ensures that calculations are accurate and can be acquired in a timely fashion.

Right to Light Surveyors

Technics works closely with right to light specialists to produce surveys to meet your exact needs. We can provide you with:

  • 2D site plans and elevations of existing buildings and structures
  • 3D models
  • Data exportable into rights to light software packages
  • Photographic records of buildings and structures

To engage us for your next project or to enquire further, please call our project management team on 01483 230 080 or email enquiries@technicsgroup.com.