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A lighting assessment provides details of the proposed light for your development.
The statement you submit should include an executive summary and be clear, easy to read and jargon free.
You need to submit a lighting assessment if your proposed development incorporates or needs lighting. This includes;
- major developments where your proposal includes street lighting
- developments which need specialist lighting such as sport pitches or s for floodlighting
Your lighting assessment must include detail of how the proposed lighting will be energy efficient and dark sky compliant. You must also inclide details of:
- mounting heights
- beam angles
- light spill
- times of operation
You can get help and advice from our Duty Planner on lighting assessments and other types of planning applications.
You can get detailed feedback on your proposal by using our pre-application advice service.
Personal and confidential statement
We may publish any information you submit as part of your application. You must tell us if there is any information you do not want us to publish when you submit your application.
If however, we believe that this information is in the public interest, we reserve the right to publish it.
We may also decide parts of your submission are not in the public interest and may redact this information. This information may include telephone numbers, email addresses and signatures.
- When you need to submit this information
Depending on the details of your application, you may have to submit a lighting assessment when you are making an application for:
- Advertising consent
- Agricultural development
- Certificate of lawful use for a proposed development
- Certificate of lawful use for an existing development
- Change of use
- Commercial, industrial and non-residential
- Demolition of an unlisted building
- Discharge of conditions
- Listed building consent
- Non-material amendment
- Outline permission with all reserved matters
- Outline permission with some reserved matters
- Permission in principle
- Prior approval
- Prior notification
- Removal or variation of conditions
- Reserved matters
- Residential new build
- Technical details consent
If your application is for one of these types of planning permission, you need to submit a lighting assessment if your proposed development incorporates or needs lighting.
You do not have to submit a lighting assessment if you are a making an application for Householder planning consent.
- Validation requirements
- National requirement. You can find details of this requirement in paragraph 180 of the National Planning Policy Framework
- Local requirement. You can find details of this requirement in:
- Local plan review policy RLP65
- Core strategy policy CS9
- Draft local plan policy LPP81
- Our External lighting supplementary planning document