THE LIGHT ISSUE
In the proposed development for the Goodsyard complex, eight large and tall towers up to 177m high will cast very large shadows over where people live, including on the Boundary Estate. This will add to the shadows from three other new towers in Shoreditch.
It would mean less sunlight across a very wide area especially in winter months, leading to the loss of wellbeing and a significant rise in heating bills. The councils' reports confirm this, saying: "the development would result in unacceptable impacts on the amount of daylight and sunlight that would be received by many surrounding properties."
The developers commissioned a light study showing how much light the properties stand to lose if the gigantic towers are built (note: the developers picked where to look in terms of measuring potential impact). Here’s a summary of it:
- Major adverse impact on sun light at public amenity spaces.
- Transient overshadowing - Major adverse significance in March and December, and minor in June.
- 56% of windows affected do not meet guidelines on acceptable visible sky. Of which 25% have a major adverse impact.
- 34% of rooms will be dimmer and will not meet guidelines on acceptable diffuse daylight. Of which 21% have a major adverse impact.
- 44% of windows will have less sunlight over the year. Of which 43% have a moderate or major adverse impact.