Information about light pollution caused by floodlights and other sources of light at night, and reporting light pollution.
Report unwanted artificial light problems (light pollution):
Light pollution, also known as 'photo-pollution' or 'luminous pollution', is excessive, misdirected, or obtrusive artificial light.
Light pollution includes several different problems: light nuisance (the unwelcome intrusion of light from nearby premises, especially into bedrooms), sky-glow (damage to the night sky environment), and glare, which causes discomfort and may be a hazard to road users and pedestrians. The council has powers to deal with light nuisance from intrusive artificial light.
The council has powers to control unreasonable artificial light (light pollution) which could amount to a nuisance.
We have a duty to investigate all light nuisance complaints and have to decide if any action is possible. Many situations can be resolved informally, but if not, we have legal powers to take formal action if necessary.
The National Planning Policy Framework states that 'planning policies and decisions, by encouraging good design, should limit the impact of light pollution from artificial light on local amenity, intrinsically dark landscapes and nature conservation'.
Report light pollution problems online
or report nuisance lighting by calling:
Tel: (01482) 396301
(during office hours 8.30am - 5.30pm Monday - Thursday, 8.30am - 4.30pm Friday).