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Artificial lighting is important in many areas but, if not carefully designed and installed, can cause nuisance and other adverse environmental impacts. We use the planning system to ensure that new developments include well designed artificial lighting systems that avoid nuisance being caused. We can also take action in some situations if artificial light causes a nuisance.
For more information on the powers that local councils have to deal with artificial lighting, visit the GOV.UK website.
Sources of light that may cause problems include:
There are exemptions to this, for example, premises used for transport purposes:
There is a defence of 'best practicable means' which extends to business premises and other relevant outdoor sports facilities.