Protecting rights to light

Do we need legislation on rights to light? Warren Gordon reports

30 May 2014

Rights to light continue to have a major impact on property development. Legal uncertainties highlighted by well-known cases adversely impact on the economy through preventing developments.

Governmental concerns led to the Law Commission’s consultation and proposals on injunctions and rights to light. Into the mix came the Supreme Court’s decision at the end of February in Coventry v Lawrence [2014] UKSC 13, which some have suggested has changed the position on whether an injunction or just damages should be awarded for infringement of rights to light. The question is whether, despite the Supreme Court&...

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