Loss of Light - Response from the case officer / TWBC


From:
TUNBRIDGE WELLS BOROUGH COUNCIL
Planning & Building Control Services
- Ruth Chambers, Principal Planning Officer -

To:
THE TELEPHONE HOUSE NEIGHBOURS ASSOCIATION



15 February 2001

TELEPHONE HOUSE - LOSS OF LIGHT

Thank your for your letter of 26 January 2001 regarding the above.

The issue of light was, as you point out, assessed in the context of the planning application reference TW/00/01474, from a planning point of view. In this regard, it was necessary to come to a view to whether the loss of light would be "undue" in order to justify a ground of refusal of planning permission. It was concluded by Officers that, from a planning point of view, such an objection could not be sustained.

The Committee report stated, as you say, that a refusal of permission on grounds of impact on sunlight and daylight would not be warranted. This is from a professional planning point of view, and is a report by the Planning and Building Control Services Manager.

I am not sure what you mean by an "expert". I can confirm that I am not, personally, an expert in terms of loss of light as a "legal" issue, but, as a qualified planner, I am able to offer a view form that perspective.

I am not, personally aware in the context of the application which is now the subject of an appeal, of an initial offer of compensation for loss of light made by the developers.

I hope the above is of assistance.

Yours sincerely
Ruth Chambers
Principal Planning Officer



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The rights of light and loss of light issue

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