...a little bit of law - Rights to Light
19 February 2012
A right to light is a right to receive natural light across someone else’s land into a window or other opening in a building.
It should not be confused with a ‘right to a view’ (which generally doesn’t exist under English law) or planning policies relating to light.
A right to light can only exist in respect of ‘defined apertures’. These are most commonly windows – but could include skylights or even glass doors.
If a window overlooking a potential development site has a right to light then development may be restricted. The developer may be prevented from building as high as they want (or at all) because that would block or reduce the light passing to the window.