Whitechapel Inquiry

GIA challenged the guidelines to gain planning permission on appeal

Whitechapel Inquiry GIA Rights of Light

Granted on Appeal in February 2018, the proposal comprises a masterplan redevelopment to provide 12 buildings up to 23 storeys delivering 343 dwellings, 168 units associated with the hospital and commercial floorspace. GIA were instructed to appear as an expert witness at the Public Inquiry. This landmark case advocated a more contextual approach to assess the impact of daylight and sunlight in high density urban developments.

GIA presented a completely fresh method to the application of the BRE’s guidelines by implementing a Housing SPG approach to measuring the harm on Daylight and Sunlight i.e. against broadly comparable developments in the area and across London. This involved a detailed research study of the schemes’ access to public transport, open space and other facilities to ensure the right degree of weight is given to daylight/sunlight when compared to other benefits.

GIA demonstrated at the Public Inquiry that many of London’s attractive residential areas offer similar urban grain and include successfully consented developments akin to the Whitechapel proposal. The study established that these areas offer similar levels of daylight, street widths, mixed uses, open areas and amenity.

  • Preparation of Evidence
  • Contextual Daylight and Density Research Study
  • Expert Witness at Public Inquiry
  • PLP Architecture & Adjaye Associates
  • Londonewcastle

Further reading

GIA Daylight and Density Report October 2018
Download the research report

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