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While all eyes were on the release of Approved Documents Part L, many missed the fact that 6 April also heralded the introduction of draconian lightpollution legislation in the UK. Now, under the Clean Neighbourhood and Environment Act, light pollution will be treated as a criminal offence. Anyone 'who finds artificial light a nuisance' can complain to their local authority, and those who fail to comply with the new rules could face fines of upto £5,000. Legal test cases have yet to establish whether an architect can be held severally liable for specifying the fittings in the first place.

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