Following the recommendations made as part of the City of London Lighting Strategy (2018) which we helped author, the City identified a series of desired outcomes, including reducing energy waste and light pollution in support of their climate action plan and improving the quality of the public realm. These objectives formed the basis for the SPD, which aims to ensure that all new developments include proper consideration for how lighting will complement the architectural and heritage context, as well as addressing important issues of sustainability, safety, accessibility, inclusion and amenity for residents, workers, visitors and tourists. We worked closely with the City in an advisory capacity as they developed their Lighting SPD, which is focused on shaping a positive experience of the City after dark for all users while supporting their sustainability goals.
Under the newly adopted guidance, lighting is integrated into the planning application process at a very early stage for the first time in the City’s history. All requirements at each stage have been formalised, with planning applicants for major developments required to submit a lighting strategy as part of any pre-application and then a fully developed lighting concept at the application stage. Technical details of lighting schemes are then delivered post-planning as part of the conditions, including mandatory information on how the lighting will be operated and maintained.