Daylight & Sunlight

Daylight & Sunlight

With the increased density in town and city centres, combined with a growing awareness of social and environmental issues, local authorities nationwide are placing a greater importance on the effects a proposed development may have on the surrounding area.

One of main considerations considered is compliance with the standard documented in ‘Building Research Establishment (BRE): Site Layout Planning for Daylight and Sunlight – A Guide to Good Practice 2011’.

Our specialist software together with a detailed understanding of the relevant standards, enables us to provide accurate advice and innovative solutions that can assist clients, developers and architects maximise the development potential of a site. Our design input with regards to room layouts and window sizes can be vital in ensuring that the high quality residential accommodation is also delivered. 

As part of the planning process adjoining neighbours have the opportunity to react to a development, we can advise adjoining owner of their rights in relation to daylight, sunlight and overshadowing.

We can also provide the relevant assessments for BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes, either independently or in conjunction with TFT’s Sustainability service. 

Our team are flexible with a detailed knowledge of the planning process. They will ensure that the specific requirements of each client are addressed and the appropriate strategy is implemented efficiently.

Our Expertise Includes:

  • Pre-Acquisition Advice and Feasibility Studies
  • Massing studies to support the design development phase
  • Daylight and Sunlight assessments of neighbouring properties
  • Daylight and Sunlight assessments to proposed residential dwellings
  • Overshadowing to neighbouring amenity
  • Daylight and Sunlight report to support planning application
  • Environmental Impact Assessments

These new services form part of our wider neighbourly matters offering which also includes party wall consultancy and over-sailing advice. Neighbourly matters are an integral part of TFT’s Development and Project Consultancy service line.

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Chris Harris

Chris heads up TFT’s Neighbourly Matters Team, which comprises Rights of Light (including Daylight & Sunlight) consultancy, Party Wall advice and oversailing licence services.

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