Will Chelsea FC score an extra-time Right to Light winner?
Will Chelsea FC score an extra-time Right to Light winner? When a neighbour has a Right to Light, and a new development is going to reduce their light levels below an ‘adequate’ threshold, the neighbour is potentially in a very strong position. They can apply to the courts for an injunction, even if the project has planning approval. This is the case in an on-going dispute between Chelsea FC and a neighbour who has managed to successfully delay the building of the new 60,000 capacity stadium.

It is reported that the neighbour has been offered £1m by the club to give up their Right of Light but they aren’t playing ball and so building work has stopped.

However, the game isn’t over yet as Section 203 of the new Housing & Planning Act 2016 may come to the Blues rescue. This means that, where there is a significant public benefit, the local council can potentially override a neighbours’ Right to Light, therefore removing the neighbours’ ability to seek an injunction. If the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham committee uses these statutory powers then the neighbour may have scored an own goal as the compensation payable will be based on the devaluation of their property, which is likely to be significantly less than the amount already offered.

Remember that relatively small new developments and extensions can also cause Right of Light issues, not just multi-million pound football stadiums. We are always very happy to have a look at your plans to give you an initial view on the likelihood of a claim by a neighbour. We don’t charge for this and so you can either give Chris, Andrew or Alex a call or email plans through by clicking here.

STOP PRESS: Chelsea FC may now be allowed to start work on the new £1bn stadium at Stamford Bridge after settling this dispute. Within the last few days, the club have announced that they have finally reached an agreement with the family.
MES Challenge 2017 – Thank you
MES Challenge 2017 – Thank you We are so happy to report that we successfully concluded our 2017 Charity Challenge clocking up 10,000 km over 12 months by cycling, walking and running. We raised £1,000 for The Alzheimer’s Society and finished the year by joining a huge Memory Walk in Clumber Park.

Thank you to everyone who supported us along the way.
MES Challenge 2018 – Project Blue Planet
MES Challenge 2018 – Project Blue Planet This year we have set a company-wide challenge to create a more sustainable office environment. It involves us all thinking carefully about what packaging we use, how we place orders and how we purchase and use products. We have set individual and office targets to combat plastic waste, with small financial sanctions imposed if we stray from our goals! A composting bin has been added, re-usable coffee cups purchased, monthly stationary orders implemented and, of course, all paper waste continues to be recycled. Small steps, but positive environmental gains. Later on in the year we will gather up our family members and participate in an organised beach clean with our cycling enthusiasts donning their lycra and cycling to the coast. As we progress our challenge, we will post and tweet regular updates.
Welcome Josh Bryan
Welcome Josh Bryan We are delighted to welcome Josh Bryan to MES as a Graduate Trainee. Josh will be spending time with all departments, assisting the Neighbourly Matters team initially with modelling and laser scanning projects.

Josh studied Energy Engineering for Sustainability at Sheffield Hallam University and has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from The Open University. He is also a graduate member of the Energy Institute.

In his spare time, Josh enjoys playing football and futsal and is a Manchester United fan.
me18-orangrbox-left.jpg CPD Seminars 2018
Did you know that we provide popular CPD seminars for building regulations/planning departments, developers, architects, contractors and surveyors etc., to ensure they are fully up-to-date with the latest requirements? Our seminars are very popular, with over 550 attendees during 2017. They are jargon-free and provide impartial, no-nonsense information and advice. Building Regulations and construction legislation is changing rapidly and our seminars will help to ensure the audience keeps up with the changes.

Seminars are conveniently held in Newark, London, Manchester and Birmingham. For local authorities, larger architectural practices and developers, we can also come to your premises. CPD certificates are provided for both on-site and off-site presentations.

For more information, please click here.
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
For the very latest on sustainable development and for seminar invitations, follow us on Facebook and Twitter me18-arrow.jpg Twitter Facebook
Our Services - don't gamble with building compliance
It has never been more important to ensure you have robust, professional advice on how to get your development to comply with regulations. Our services include the following:
me18-bullet.jpg SAP & SBEM
Renewable Energy feasibility studies
Code for Sustainable Homes, EcoHomes &
me18-bullet-s.jpg BREEAM Assessments
Air Leakage Testing
Extractor Air Flow Testing and Commissioning
Dynamic Simulation Modelling -
me18-bullet-s.jpg Thermal/Daylighting/Suncast etc.
New Build Energy Performance Certificates
Sustainability Statements
PassivHaus Assessments
Daylighting & Right to Light Evaluations
The Party Wall Act 1996
Access Agreements, Crane Oversail and
me18-bullet-s.jpg Schedules of Condition

Please click here for further information
me18-footer-button1.jpg me18-footer-button2.jpg
MES Building Solutions
Head Office | Newark Beacon | Beacon Hill Office Park | Cafferata Way | Newark | Nottinghamshire NG24 2TN
T: 01636 653 055
London Office | 344-354 Gray's Inn Road I London WC1X 8BP | T: 0207 033 3757
Birmingham Office | 2nd Floor Quayside Tower, 252-260 Broad St, Birmingham B1 2HF | T: 0121 285 2785
We hope you will find our quarterly newsletter useful, however
if you would prefer not to receive it in the future please click here