Our neighbourly matters team assists clients with any issues which arise during the planning or construction of schemes which will affect neighbouring property.

The team supports developers in maximising the development potential on their sites from inception to completion. They also represent neighbours to construction projects to protect and preserve their assets.

Our services include:

  • Rights to light

Our rights to light services cover preliminary reviews, technical analysis, calculation of compensation levels, envelope studies, cutbacks, Light Obstruction Notices and strategic risk management advice for developers and neighbours to developments. Rapleys is experienced in providing advice to clients and designers and work closely with solicitors, insurers and other industry professionals.

  • Party walls

Rapleys assists on all aspects of administrating the Party Wall Etc. Act 1996 from serving notice, conducting Schedules of Condition and publishing Awards, acting as Building Owner’s, Adjoining Owner’s and Third Surveyor.

  • Daylight and sunlight amenity

Our daylight and sunlight amenity services include compiling studies to accompany planning applications in accordance with BRE Report 209, Site Layout Planning for Daylight and Sunlight: a Guide to Good Practice. In addition to conducting these studies and providing representation to local authorities, we can also undertake reviews of studies for local authority planning departments.

  • Access arrangements

We provide access arrangements for crane oversail, scaffolding or hoarding requirements for construction projects including initial risk management analysis, the negotiation of licence agreements and their practical administration plus compiling Schedules of Condition.

For further, detailed information on these services visit our dedicated site: www.rapleysrightstolight.com

The earlier we are involved in a project, the more value we can add by maximising the development potential of your site. Our preliminary review service provides initial advice on each of the four topics described above which can help, inform and advise during the design process to de-risk a scheme.

As a centre of neighbourly matters excellence we regularly provide seminars on the subject to developers, designers, solicitors and other professionals working in the property industry. If your organisation would be interested in receiving one of our talks please contact us.


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