4 Tips for Your Location Plans

Written by Tom Samuels on

What is a location plan?

Most planning applications require the submission of a location plan and a site plan (otherwise known as a block plan) to support the application. A location plan depicts the proposal in its setting, but a site plan depicts the development in greater detail. 

Download your location plan here

When is a location plan needed?

  • Additional Storeys/Extending Upwards
  • Adverts and signs
  • Basements
  • Biomass fuelled appliances
  • Boilers and heating
  • Ceilings and floors
  • Change of use
  • Conservatories
  • Decking
  • Decorations
  • Demolition
  • Doors and windows
  • Drains and sewers
  • Electrics
  • Energy saving
  • Extensions
  • External walls
  • Fascias
  • Fences, gates & garden walls
  • Financing your project
  • Flats and maisonettes
  • Flue, chimney or soil and vent pipe
  • Flues for biomass and combined heat and power systems (non-domestic)
  • Fuel tanks
  • Garage conversion
  • Gate ornaments
  • Heat pumps
  • Heat pumps (non-domestic)
  • Hedges
  • Home energy generation
  • Hydroelectricity
  • Insulation
  • Internal walls
  • Kitchens and bathrooms
  • Lighting
  • Loft conversion
  • Micro combined heat and power
  • Neighbourhood planning
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio and Driveway
  • Paving your front garden
  • Porches Roof Satellite, TV & radio antenna
  • Security
  • Self-build homes
  • Shops
  • Solar panels
  • Solar panels - non domestic
  • Swimming pools
  • Trees
  • Underpinning
  • Utilities
  • Warehouses and industrial buildings
  • Wind turbines
  • Working from home

What should be included in a location plan?

  1. A location plan should be at an identified standard metric scale (usually 1:1250 or 1:2500 for larger locations).
  2. Show the direction north.
  3. It should be resized to fit on an A4 document.
  4. Display sufficient roads and/or structures on land adjacent to the application site.
  5. Outline in red the application site borders and all land required to carry out the planned development, such as land required for access to the site from the road.
  6. A blue line should be drawn around any other land or property owned by the applicant that is close to or adjacent to the property.

Location plan example on BuyAPlan®

What type of file should I submit?

If you are submitting your application online using the planning portal, you must upload a PDF file. If you are submitting a paper copy you are only allowed on paper copy per map as per license agreement. A PDF plan ordered from BuyAPlan®'s website is ready for submission to your local council. 

What should I know when purchasing a location plan?

  • It should not include a map taken from the Land registry. Ordnance Survey plans are suitable for planning applications. Our website provides the latest update of OS MasterMap®.
  • A location plan can only be used for a single project.
  • OS copyright symbols need to be clearly displayed.
  • It must not be a photocopy or a screen capture image.
  • Hand-created maps should not be replicated from existing OS mapping.
  • If you want to print or copy maps for applications you need to show the right licence number. If you purchase a plan through BuyAPlan® the license number is displayed at the bottom of your plan. If you need to add it manually our license number is 100053143. 

You can get your location plan here ready for your planning application and find out more about your planning application here.