Streetlights are not specifically exempt from statutory nuisance, but because of their location are unlikely to qualify, as generally speaking they are not found on 'premises'. It is, however, acknowledged that streetlights can have adverse effects on the local community.
New technologies now allow much finer control of light distribution and reduced light directed towards the sky. Beneficial lighting can be achieved that is fit for purpose, provided roads are appropriately rather than over classified,and which minimises the impact on the environment through using modern light sources in combination with luminaires designed to appropriate, not unnecessarily high, lighting levels. The simple use of front and / or back shields can improve illumination on the road whilst reducing intrusion elsewhere.
Northamptonshire County Council are responsible for the installation and maintenance of the majority of street lights within South Northamptonshire.