Planning is a key element to everything that Lumenata do. Local authorities are increasingly requesting reports and analysis showing the effect of new developments on the surrounding areas, with light pollution being no exception.
Bluestone Resorts is a holiday park operator based in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. As part of an expansion program, the part planned to build 72 new holiday lodges on the perimeter of its land and needed to show that there would be no detrimental effects on wildlife living on the border of the proposed development. After conducting an ecology study of the site, Bluestone commissioned Lumenata to design the exterior lighting and internal lodge lighting of the scheme. Exterior lighting needed to be sympathetic to the bat activity in the area and internal lodge lighting could not encroach the adjacent woodland area – in fact a 3m buffer was designed at the edge of the park and lightspill had to be kept to a maximum of 0.5 lux within this buffer.
An exterior lighting scheme was proposed that was both friendly to the bats and other wildlife that might be affected. This included the use of dark sky lighting products, warm colour temperatures and SMART lighting controls that allowed the exterior lights to be dimmed during the night when there is hardly any pedestrian activity. The internal lodge designs were fined tuned and models produced for each of the lodges that run adjacent to the woodland. The lighting scheme was approved by all the stakeholders involved and planning consent was given.