Ecology & Planning

Sustainable Design Process

It’s fundamentally important that lighting design works in harmony with its environment – and getting this right is increasingly vital for securing planning permission for your project, whatever the scale. This is where SKR Lighting Design can really make a difference.

Our design development process fully assesses the impact that artificial lighting will have on your project’s surrounding area. We then seek innovative solutions to potential environmental issues, and inherently incorporate sustainability into the lighting design we produce for you. Thanks to this detailed up-front research, and our years of experience in the industry, we can always be sure that we’ve selected the best luminaires for your project, applied and positioned in the best way - and that we've factored in cost, energy efficiency, reliability and sustainability throughout as well.

Read our case studies below to find out more about our sustainable design process, and how we can create a lighting design plan that satisfies your lighting impact assessment for planning permission.

Right to Darkness
As lighting experts, it might sound odd that we believe in everyone’s right to darkness. But we fully subscribe to the idea that lighting should never be inconsiderate or obtrusive. Our circadian rhythms are naturally designed to need darkness at night to sleep well and feel rested; artificial light at night can have a negative impact on wellbeing. That’s why our designs always consider any potential for obtrusive light and provide alternative solutions.

Right to Light
At the same time, we all also have a Right to Light. Living and working spaces should not have natural daylight deliberately obstructed. Which is why house extensions, for example, will never be allowed to block light to the adjoining property. All our lighting designs take this fully into account, complementing the natural light in a space.

BREEAM / LEED Lighting
We also believe in sustainable development and green buildings. When it comes to lighting, this means efficient lighting offering maximum longevity and minimum CO2 emissions. We make sure our lighting design plays its part in developments achieving the highest possible BREEAM/LEED certification (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - independent assessment programme for ‘green’ buildings).

Lighting Projects for Ecology & Planning

Ascot New Build House

This private home was set within a relatively dark zone in Berkshire, and the owners wanted to apply for planning permission to extend the property . Their application needed to demonstrate that no excess light would spill to the property boundaries, […]
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Aspect Press

Located within a quiet E2 environmental zone and valley, this was treated as an effective dark sky area of the Kent countryside. A former stable yard here was to be transformed into a work and production space for a print […]
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Cambridgeshire Family Home

This beautiful property is located in an E2 environmental zone, in a relatively dark sky areas of the countryside, south of Cambridgeshire. The owners wanted to add an elegant new kitchen extension, but their first planning application was rejected, because […]
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Northumberland Private Residence

This residential development is set within a relatively dark zone, and has existing external lighting – but more was required as the development expanded to enhance the security of the area. Bird and bat boxes are located nearby, and careful […]
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Riverside Restaurant, Richmond

This stunning riverside restaurant on the Thames was in need of expert help: they were seeking retrospective planning permission, and had to demonstrate sensitive external lighting within it. They needed to strike a balance between adequate lighting for their dining […]
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Storage Units, Nr Heathrow Airport

Originally, a large car park site located near Heathrow Airport, with neighbouring farm-land and a cemetery. Planning permission was required to develop the site into storage units, with minimal working light – while still providing enough light to be safe […]
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Surrey Housing Development

This 12 house development is located within a rural and very quiet E1/E2 environmental zone. This was treated as an effective dark sky area of the Surrey countryside. This former chicken farm site is surrounded by a protected ancient woodland […]
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The Elvetham Hotel

This Five Star historic manor hotel, located in the Hampshire countryside, is an elegant country house rich in history and set in 35 acres of gardens.  The owners were carrying out a major refurbishment of the entire site, and required […]
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UK Atomic Energy Visitor Centre, Culham, Oxfordshire

The prestigious UK Atomic Energy Authority visitor centre in Oxford: a UK Government scientific research facility, which required support from us for the lighting elements of a major planning application. The site sits on the edge of a brightly illuminated […]
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Village Tennis Club

A village tennis club with three courts needed to add a floodlighting scheme for club tournaments, and it needed to meet Lawn Tennis Association requirements. They had previously had multiple planning applications refused due to the perceived light pollution the […]
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