It's interesting to speculate over whether plans to build the tallest residential towers in Europe in Vauxhall and Canary Wharf will cause arguments about rights of light.
In a recent wave of UK cases, the tide has turned back in favour of developers when faced with rights of light litigation. Damages is now considered a more appropriate remedy than an outright injunction preventing development.
Work has already begun on One Nine Elms by the Chinese developer Dalian Wanda for a pair of residential towers of 58 and 43 storeys high on the south of the river at Vauxhall.
There are now proposals for a 67 storey apartment building at Canary Wharf by another Chinese developer, Greenland. Planning permission is to be submitted for a residential tower the same height as One Canada Square, the tallest building in Canary Wharf. Rights of light surveyors and lawyers will no doubt be factoring in the effect on light and will be surveying the surrounding buildings for potential costly breaches of rights to light by the proposed giant tower.
The tallest residential tower in western Europe faces off against the biggest business park in the UK, while Thames-side towers offering “a brand new level of luxury” compete with the largest new entertainment resort that Britain has ever seen.