What is a 'right to light' and what does it mean for your extension or self-build project?

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You may have heard the term 'right to light' and feel a little unsure of whether it is something that will affect your future plans for your home or garden — or even whether you have a case to lodge a complaint against a neighbour.

In the world of planning permission and building regulations it can be extremely confusing to fully understand which parts might apply to you, but if you are planning any kind of project, be that an extension, self-build or loft conversion, it really will pay to get up to speed on all the minutiae that could possible affect it. 

Mike Hansom
Mike Hansom

Since qualifying as a solicitor in 2005, Mike has specialised in property disputes and now heads the team at BLB Solicitors. His experience encompasses the full spectrum of property disputes work

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.