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Lighting assessment

Policy driverNational Planning Policy Framework|External link Section 11 Paragraph 125
Replacement Unitary Development Plan – Policy EP5
Type of applicationProposal involves exterior lighting for sports pitches, car parks, illumination of buildings, commercial security lighting and outdoor work areas (excludes standard street lighting or similar low-level lighting)
Geographic locations where this information is required-
What information is required
  • An appraisal of the need for lighting
  • An assessment of the potential impacts including light trespass
  • A lighting design scheme, including horizontal and vertical illuminance measurements.
Where to look for further assistanceIf, after reading the Further Information you are still unsure about the information to submit contact the Council's Pollution Team on 01422 392373/ 392307 / 392311.

Further information

Glare and stray light from external lighting associated with development may be held to affect local amenity, dark landscapes and nature conservation to and unacceptable degree and / or to adversely impact on the character of a Conservation Area or listed building. Depending on location applications that include proposal for external lighting can raise issues relating to glare and light pollution. Such application need to be supported by detailed information to include:

  1. The proposed level of maintained average horizontal illuminance for the site,
  2. The predicted vertical illuminance that will be caused by lighting when measured at the windows of any properties in the vicinity
  3. The specification of the luminaries, including the number and location of the luminaries, the type and rating of the lamps, the design of lamp housing and proposals to minimise or eliminate glare from the use of the lighting installation
  4. The proposed hours of operation of the lighting.

An overview of issues relating to light pollution can be found in the Institution of Lighting Professional’s (I.L.P.) Guidance for the reduction in obtrusive light|External link (GN01:2011)

For larger schemes applicants are encouraged to seek advice / guidance direct from the Institute of Lighting Professionals|External link. Further guidance, with a particular emphasis on floodlighting relating to sports development can be found in Sport England’s briefing note on Sport England: Design Guidance Note; Artificial Sports Lighting, Updated Guidance For 2012|External link.

Two sources available to purchase are the Society of Light and Lighting document LG04 Lighting Guide: Sports and British Standard BS EN 12193: 2007 “Light and lighting – sports lighting”.

For issues specifically relating to the effect of lighting on bats see the Bat Conservation Trust guidelines Bats and Lighting in the UK|External link.

Last Updated: 30/08/2016