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A Guide to Site Location Planning Maps

Are you worried or confused about getting proper maps for a site planning application? Well, we thought it might be helpful to give you a quick guide to help you make some sense of it all. Whether you're constructing a house or a commercial development, every single planning application requires a guide called a 'Location Plan' demonstrating the proposition in its encompassing setting. Some local authorities may additionally oblige a 'Block Plan' (now and then called a site location plan) which plots the development in a bigger scale as this will show far greater detail of the proposed site and its surrounding areas.

If you read the guidelines on the Government's Planning Portal, it will tell you that these plans ought to be in the form of the latest Ordnance Survey map so that the planning authorities can make certain that they meet all the fundamental requirements before granting planning permission.

Presenting an inaccurate, outdated, unlicensed, or incorrectly drawn plan is the most common explanation for an application to be turned down. Failing to understand the situation will cost you time and cash so there is a motivation to hit the nail on the head first time. So, here's a guideline to verify that your maps are up to muster.

Site Location Plan

Should be at a distinguished standard scale (typically 1:1250 scale for urban applications or 1:2500 for rural or bigger applications)

The heading of north must be plainly stamped.

The plans ought to be precisely scaled to fit an A3 or A4 sheet.

Should demonstrate the date of study or an Ordnance Survey permit number if appropriate and the date of procurement.

Should demonstrate enough streets or structures in the area encompassing your application.

Should demonstrate the application site limit laid out in red showing the degree of all areas important to complete the proposed development, including the area you require for site access.

A blue line ought to be drawn around whatever other area claimed by you as the candidate, near or alongside the application site.

The Block Planning

The Block Plan, again this needs to be drawn up at a recognized standard metric scale (frequently 1:500 scale or 1:200). It ought to demonstrate the proposed development in connection to the site limits and other existing structures on location with the measurements determined including those to the limits.

It ought to additionally demonstrate the bearing of north and incorporate the following details, unless they would not impact or be influenced by the planned development;

All structures, streets and roads, public rights of way and the land that borders the access to the site

Public rights of way that go through the site

All trees contained within the site as well as those in surrounding areas

The type and amount of any proposed hard surfacing

The type and number of walls or fences and where they are to be placed

If that appears to be a lot of hoops to jump through, you are right however, there is a very straightforward method of verifying your maps. You can choose to obtain your maps from a licensed planning map supplier, Ordnance Survey digital map or from a Data Centre.


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