Our Right-to-Light

planning application consultation

SKR also get involved in helping private clients with planning application issues and offering just consultancy and guidance where and when required. We can help a client with assistance to help them get a planning application passed or represent and support them if they feel another adjacent building or development will affect them.

Everyone has ‘The Right to Light’ and this is often over looked or forgotten in planning applications. However, also people have the right that light does not affect them in a negative way either. Both sides are equally important.

Below are four brief case studies where SKR have helped clients with their lighting planning application issues…for and against.

(Direct client details available on request to SKR Lighting Design)


Bloxham Petrol Station, Bloxham, Oxfordshire

During 2018 the petrol station in our rural Oxfordshire village added very bright additional signage and lighting to compliment extra activities linked to their new 24 hour licence of operation. This impacted upon us and other neighbours.

The lighting and signage had not been approved for planning therefore working with fellow neighbours we engaged in a dispute to ask the planners to rule against the scheme. To assist in this endeavour we consulted with Neil Skinner of SKR Lighting Design.

Neil carried out a late night visual and light level measurement survey and then provided us with a simple but technically precise set of observations and notes of where the scheme failed and guidance on how to focus on all the elements of this poorly planned commercial lighting scheme.

With this information, the local planning authority subsequently ruled in our favour and the petrol station owners were ordered to remove and rectify the problem. They subsequently went to appeal the decision but this too was rejected.

This was a great success and we were grateful for the valuable technical input from SKR.

Clients: Mr. & Mrs. Baxter, Bloxham, Oxfordshire, UK

Banbury Rugby Club, Banbury, Oxfordshire

In 2017 we engaged the services of Neil Skinner of SKR Lighting Design to advise us on the existing 15 year old mast metal halide floodlighting which is used for the 1st Team pitch and adjacent training pitch areas.

 

The club needed advice on the following aspects:

  1. The current integrity of the columns
  2. The longevity of the existing flood light luminaires
  3. Analysis of the current and intended future use.
  4. The consideration of replacement LED light source luminaires.
  5. Potential energy and maintenance savings.
  6. New potential expansion of floodlighting masts for other currently non-illuminated pitches.
  7. The impact and planning implications on nearby housing and nearby future housing developments.

SKR provided open independent lighting design consultancy advice for all the above. They put us in touch with suitable suppliers to provide quotations and therefore assist us understand and considering contractor offers more clearly.

Clients: Banbury Rugby Club Chairman / President, Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK


Deddington Tennis Club, Oxfordshire

From 2012 to 2013 our Tennis Club in Deddington was trying to get a floodlighting scheme passed. We were utilising a scheme created for us by a sports floodlighting contractor.

As the site was tightly surrounded by some private residential housing and on the edge of village in a rural area it became apparent that the scheme from the contractor was poorly conceived and planned with poor equipment that did provide the recommended club standard LTA light levels, but failed badly with spill light onto neighbouring properties and did not give the ‘pay-back’ originally claimed!

We contacted a local lighting consultant SKR Lighting Design to advise us on how we could potentially get a scheme passed.

SKR re-evaluated the project and carried out a survey of the surrounding area. A new scheme was conceived with lower columns and better optical distribution floodlights. New calculations were produced to prove the new scheme would comply and this allowed the scheme to be resubmitted and eventually passed without objection by the planners.

 

We eventually were able to use the guidelines provided by SKR to employ a new sports floodlighting company. Our scheme was finally installed in 2017 using an LED solution and has been a success through to this day.

Client: – Deddington Tennis Club, Chairperson

Private Residence, North Yorkshire

In 2014 we engaged the services of Neil Skinner of SKR LIGHTING DESIGN to advise us on how to fight a contentious planning application by our next door neighbour.

The house was to have a substantial extension close up to our south elevation and this would block natural daylight and sunlight into our family home.

After supplying property and site information along with our own photos and sun-path studies, SKR was able to advise that we did have a strong ‘Right-to-Light’ case. They were able to furnish us with suitable guidance notes and technical assistance to help us submit a robust appeal against the planning application.

Sadly the appeal at the local council planning meeting lost by one vote mainly due to discrepancies within other information submitted by planning officers and further appeals were rejected. We were not able to take the case further and reluctantly accepted the flawed decision in our view.

We recommend any other home owner carry out a similar process in future as ‘Right-to-Light’ is a legal obligation that all planning authorities must adhere to.

Clients: Anonymous, North Yorkshire, UK

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