So just what are a site plan, a location plan and a block plan?

These different kinds of plan help your application through the planning process.
The location plan (which is sometimes called a site location plan) lets everyone know exactly where you’re proposing to carry out your development. It will show quite a large area around the development site. In town, a location plan might be at a scale of 1:1,250. In a rural area, with fewer roads, buildings or natural features, you might need to show more of the local area using a smaller scale, say 1:2,500, to let people find the site easily.

The terms ‘block plan’ and ‘site plan’ are often used interchangeably. The block or site plan shows the development site in some detail, including the precise position of the building, access roads, car parking, drainage runs and any special features of the site such as trees and shrubs or perhaps an overhead electricity line. The block or site plan will also show the land you own: the development site and access should be outlined in red with any other land you own outlined in blue.

If the planning authority asks for a block plan in addition to a site plan, it’ll be because they want something that shows more of the surrounding area, beyond your site boundaries. That will help them assess any wider impacts that your proposal may have. For example, does the new building affect more than just the immediate neighbours, perhaps because of its effect on privacy?

The scale of the site plan will be partly influenced by the size of the development but it’s often at 1:100 or 1:200. A block plan – if it’s asked for separately – might be at 1:500. We supply high-quality, authorised extracts from Ordnance Survey maps that are ideal for your needs.

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