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Daylight robbery: How London is losing its fight for light

A complicated scheme involving developers, surveyors, councils and consultants is letting daylight standards slip across the city—and throwing more more residents in the dark

Michael Ball had been renting a flat on Albert Embankment on the south bank of the Thames for six years before his view became blocked by a behemoth of a building site in 1999. On the former site of a less intrusive 1930s government building, the development eventually turned into a curved, 14-storey, glass-and-steel luxury apartment building called Parliament View in autumn 2001.

The shadow the development would cast across the flat…

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