Student accommodation impact on residents' outlook

Despite acknowledging the need for more student accommodation in Surrey an inspector has decided that the impact of 330 bedspaces would undermine the outlook and living conditions of local residents.

200-002-736 (Image Credit: Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames)
200-002-736 (Image Credit: Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames)

In determining that the loss of an office block and a public house were acceptable the inspector had reservations on the impact on daylight and outlook for residents living in an adjoining block of flats. Using guidance published by the Building Research Establishment on the minimum amount of skylight which should be available at windows and the distribution of light penetrating into the room itself, she determined that for some residents the impact would be noticeable with resulting daylight below minimum standards. In some instances there would be unacceptable reductions in daylight and outlook thereby failing to maintain a good standard of amenity for existing residents.

Inspector: Christina Downes; Hearing


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