Following the release of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) earlier this week, teams across Rapleys have been reviewing and digesting it all in depth. Further to the immediate Planning team response, one particular section of the new policy which has caught the attention of our Neighbourly Matters team is ‘Section 11: making effective use of land’. Dan Tapscott, Head of our Neighbourly Matters team comments:
“The drive for making better use of the land we have is a key aspect of this policy which makes specific reference to the importance of Daylight and Sunlight [para 123 (c)]. The Policy calls for local authorities to exercise a flexible approach when considering this subject. This translates to accepting compromise and levels of natural light that fall below recognised guidelines for both neighbours to development and the developments themselves.
Therefore the value and worth in getting maximum efficiencies in the design of schemes and delivering good quality design has never been more crucial. Encouragingly, our clients are increasingly embracing a reverse engineered approach via the use of envelope studies that can inform the design team of where the constraints and areas of sensitivity lie. I think the outcome of the NPPF’s comment on Daylight and Sunlight will inevitably see a rise in the requirement for detailed and accurate studies and therefore the benefits to all parties of a diligent approach from the outset are clear.”