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Last edited 05 Mar 2020
A location plan provides an illustration of the proposed development in its surrounding context. This enables the planning authority to properly identify the land to which the application refers, and is typically based on an up-to-date Ordnance Survey (or similar) map.
A location plan should use an identified standard metric scale, typically 1:1250 or, for larger sites, 1:2500, and generally fits onto an A4 size sheet when printed. It is important that the plan indicates the direction of North, to make its orientation clear.
The plan will typically illustrate the following:
- Roads and/or buildings on adjoining land.
- The site boundaries.
- Land necessary to carry out the proposed development (outlined in red).
- Any other land owned by the developer that is close to or adjacent to the site (outlined in blue).
A location plan is different to a site plan which is specifically focused on providing more detail of the development within the site boundaries, or a block plan which may give a slightly wider illustration of the immediate area surrounding the site.
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