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You're going to have to fight for your right to light

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New plans designed to encourage large building projects and increase the amount of homes available on the market could leave Hampshire residents in the dark as the Government plans changes to rights to light, warns the Commercial Property Team.

Under current law, homeowners that have received natural light for at least 20 years are entitled for this to continue, and so can act to prevent developments if they threaten the amount of natural light coming into their house.  This can include any building project that may affect the light, such as new housing developments, or even your neighbours building an extension.

However, the proposed changes will restrict the right to prevent building projects that will reduce light entering a home.  The plans could see almost three million homeowners helpless when it comes to stopping developments which could have a negative impact on the value of their home, as well as leaving them to suffer the physical and mental symptoms of living in a darker house.  The consultation is looking to restrict homeowners’ rights to a financial damages claim – a small comfort if your home is deprived of light.

The consultation ends on 16th May, and if you want to find out more about the right to light laws, how the changes could impact your home, or you want to know how to voice your concerns then contact the Warner Goodman Commercial Team on 02380 717717.


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