The local legislation is also based upon national (UK), provincial (e.g.: Wales) and regional (e.g.:Northeast) government planning guidance in the form of planning policy guidelines (PPG's) (called planning policy statements (PPS's) in Northern Ireland and national planning policy guidelines (NPPG's) in Scotland) (which are supplemented by the more in-depth technical advice notes (TAN's) in Wales, development control advice notes (DCAN's) in Northern Ireland or planning policy notes (PAN's) in Scotland). The regional, provincial and national pieces of legislation act as templates for local legislation which may take into account local views or the expected level of pollution or urbanisation in the local areas.
The environmental health departments have no legal powers of control over light pollution though may investigate cases. This means that the problem is best tackled at the planning level.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Clarifies government position on light pollution through links to documents and websites.
A report, published by Parliament in 2003, outlining what action needs to be taken by all levels of government to regulate photopollution. [Also available in PDF at ./747.pdf .]
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