You’ve got to fight, for the right… to light?

By on 28th February in Guides

Did you know you have a ‘right to light’? If your windows have been bathing in natural light for 20 years or more, you can oppose any development or building work that would block this light.

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Well, the Law Commission, a government advisory body, are proposing changing this law to prevent homeowners the ‘right to light’ after 20 years. They believe this law is preventing development in the country and think it could spur the growth of businesses and housing developments. Luckily, should there be a development or building that would block natural light from your windows, you can still object. Compensation could be used to come to an agreement of the development, but it is down to the homeowner’s consent. Should this change come into play, would it cause more arguments amongst neighbours? Would there be more court settlements?

We recently carried out a study that suggested being exposed to more natural light during the cold winter months, helps with the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Should the change be put into effect, would we see an increase in the number or people suffering from this disorder?

Natural light is a key quality for our home improvement products, especially our double glazing, conservatories, orangeries and photovoltaic solar panels. We are sure that if you have purchased any of these recently, one of the benefits would’ve been the increase of light into your home or the electricity generated from the sun’s UV rays on solar panels. If your home is suddenly over -shadowed by a nearby development, you are going to be losing this benefit.

On the other hand, if you are planning on extending your home or improving it and you buy from Anglian Home Improvements, we will deal with all of the planning permission, taking care of that potentially stressful process on your behalf. Each year we approve between 800-1000 applications, keeping every customer informed throughout the whole process. We make sure we get all approvals confirmed be it a listed building approval, water company, housing and developer’s permissions and even approvals from neighbours.

This 19th century law has ensured your home has natural light; do you think it should be taken away or should we keep our ‘right to light’? We would love to hear your opinions on the matter, so please feel free to comment below.

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