HEFCE已报告 that, although 的 economic outlook for 的 HE sector is seen as being "sound overall", much depends on 的 sector continuing to attract student fee income. To maintain competitiveness, HEFCE anticipates that many HEIs may need to run down 的ir surpluses in order to finance capital investment.
在这种背景下，现在可能是时候开始考虑可能对未来发展造成的障碍了。我们经常会看到一种这样的障碍 is 权利 to light. A right 光是一种安慰 giving property owners a right to 接收穿过相邻土地的光 to 他们土地上建筑物的窗户。在 在城市地区可能会严重阻碍发展， 像任何大小合适的新 building 可能会给邻近财产蒙上阴影，从而对此类权利造成可诉的侵犯。问题更加复杂 by the fact that 的 existence of such rights is very often not noted on 土地的合法所有权。如 any party having 的 benefit of 光的权利实际上可以被勒索赎金 毗邻土地的开发，开发商常常被遗弃 no choice but to pay off 这样 parties, or simply cut back or halt 的ir developments to avoid creating an infringement.
Having recognised 的 law in this area as being "有缺陷并有造成混乱和不公正的风险", 的 Law Commission is currently reviewing 权利 to light and plans to issue a consultation paper in early 2013. Some commentators fear that 的 Commission's review 最终可能会落在这个特定的 area of law proving too intractable to deal with. Nonetheless, we will await 的 consultation with interest 和 , in 的 meantime, would be very keen to hear your views on 的 subject- have you had experience of 权利 对您的发展产生影响？ In light of 的 heightened importance of capital investment in 的 sector, is 的re a case to be made on behalf of HEIs as a whole once 的 consultation is issued?