30 January 2018

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Graham Festenstein, ILP Vice President Architectural

The Office of the Major of London and the London Assembly have issued a draft document for consultation on the New London Plan -

‘The draft London Plan is a broad plan to shape the way London develops over the next 20-25 years’

Lighting is discussed within the draft but content is sparse and significantly incomplete for such an important and wide-ranging document. CLICK HERE to see the specific lighting related content extracted from the Draft London Plan, the paragraphs numbers refer to the consultation document. There is no specific section relating to lighting. Whilst the plan is specific to London we believe that the potential impact it may have as an exemplar document could be far ranging across the country and as it stands will have a long term negative impact on policy towards lighting within the urban realm throughout the UK taking us back many years.

As a consequence of our concerns, the ILP will be coordinating a response to the consultation and invite comments from members and colleagues on these proposals. Your comments will be compiled into a formal response and include additional comments and response from the LSE Configuring Light Programme. Our submission will take the form of a letter from the ILP’s President and will suggest that the lighting content should be reviewed and rewritten with input from Lighting Professionals and academics working in the areas of public lighting and urban design. The ILP shall be offering to offer guidance on this process.

This is a very important opportunity for members across disciplines and across the country to have a say in the way we will be lighting our public realm and communities for many years to come and I urge you to review the draft and let us have your comments no matter how brief or how detailed as a matter of urgency.

For context the full draft London Plan can be downloaded or viewed online HERE.

The closing date for comments is by 5.00pm on Friday 2nd March. We would request your comments to be submitted to the ILP office as soon as possible and by 19th February at the latest to allow time for them to be reviewed and incorporated in the response.

Please feel free to contact Graham Festenstein on  if you wish to discuss it and thank you all for your assistance and input.