Particularly in urban environments, excessive artificial lighting (i.e. light spillage beyond the area intended to be lit) can cause significant physiological and environmental problems.
As our cities and towns feature increasing amounts of artificial light, its negative effects on human health and well-being are becoming better understood. In addition, wasted energy use contributes to unnecessary resource depletion and environmental degradation.
Local Planning Authorities are increasingly concerned with the potential for new development to adversely increase existing light pollution or create new problems. They also frequently receive objections related to Light Pollution during the determination process, meaning significant delay if a technical study needs to be commissioned at short notice.
At the planning stage it is possible to computer model the potential artificial light spillage and compare this against the baseline or existing scenario, considering in detail the impact to sensitive uses, i.e. dwellings, hospitals etc.
- Initial site review / strategic advice;
- Undertaking detailed computer based studies;
- Liaison with affected parties;
- Advising mitigation measures;
- Acting as technical adviser to Local Planning Authority;
- Environment Impact Assessment/ formal reporting.