The Law Commission's final report on the "right to light" will be of interest to everyone from residential property owners faced with a possible extension of their neighbour's house to developers seeking to construct new buildings in a crowded town centre.

There is always a tension between the proper protection of an individual's established access to sufficient light and the sensitive and sensible modernisation of our urban spaces in a growing economy.

The current law is often not helpful in achieving swift and cost-effective settlement between parties. Proposed developments can be held back unnecessarily. Or perhaps more seriously, building works proceed only to be challenged at a later point with potentially calamitous consequences.

It is to be hoped that the Law Commission's proposals will be enacted without undue delay to bring more clarity to this issue.