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  • Complies with all planning requirements
  • Available in 2 hectare, 4 hectare and other sizes
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Planning office approved:

our location plans meet all requirements for planning maps.

Quality up to date maps:

we use Ordnance Survey mapping for our location plans. These the most detailed and up to date around.

Order and download OS plans in 3 minutes:

we've really worked hard to make the ordering process simple so our customers take only 3 minutes to order.

All the major scales:

our location plans come in all the popular scales including 1:200 and 1:500 and 1:1250 scales.


How do I create a location plan?

You can create a location plan in 5 easy steps.

  1. Firstly search for your property using a postcode, easting/northing or latitude/longitude.
  2. Check the map preview shows the correct area. On our site, the property you've searched for should be near the middle of the preview. You can drag the map to centre it if required.
  3. Next select the scale you want. A location plan is either 1:1250 or 1:2500 scale. The default scale used on buyaplan is 1:1250 so you won't need to change the scale unless your property is too big to fit on the map, for example farmland.
  4. Now, add a red line to the boundary of you property if your office have asked for this. A blue line is also needed around any other property that appears on the map but where planning consent is not sought.
  5. Finally select whether you want the plan in black and white or colour, either which are fine for planning applications.

What is a location plan?

A location plan is normally a requirement for a planning application or other kinds of legal procedure and features a map of the land and property where the application is being made. It shows the boundaries of the site and the features immediately around it, for example nearby buildings and roads.

A site location plan should contain:

  • a 1:1250 or 1:2500 scale.
  • a red line marked up to show where planning is sought, or with a blue line to show any other property owned on the plan
  • a larger area of land than a ‘block plan’ (sometimes called a ‘site plan’)
  • the general locality of a site requiring planning consent
  • mapping features like property outlines, roads, and other geographical boundaries
  • a north point and copyright information.
example location plan

What’s an example of a location plan? Here are 4 samples

  1. An example of a location plan where there's one owned property appearing on the plan and it's where planning consent is sought. This is the typical scenario and only a red line is required to be put around the boundary of the property.
  2. A sample of a location plan where there are two owned properties appearing on the plan, one where planning consent is sought. In this situation a red line should be added around the boundary of the property where planning consent is sought and a blue line around the other one.
  3. An example of location plans are available in two different scales, 1:1250 scale and 1:2500 scale. The latter would only be appropriate for very large properties.
  4. Examples of location plans in two typical formats, pdf which are typical for domestic planning applications and CAD formats which are typically used by professionals like architects.

What’s the definition of a location plan?

  • Overview: a location plan is used for planning applications drawn to a metric scale, which shows the property where planning permission is sought and surrounding areas. They are acceptable in black and white or colour.
  • Scales used: 1:1250 or 1:2500
  • Coverage: typically 2 hectares but can be 4 hectares and above
  • Paper sizes: typically A4 but A3 sometimes used for large areas
  • Formats: typically pdf but also available in CAD formats like dwg and dxf
  • Mapping used: typically Ordnance Survey Mastermap®
  • Suppliers: include buyaplan.co.uk and other OS partners

How much does a location plan cost?

Location plan costs can vary depending on the scale chosen (1:1250 or the larger 1:2500 scale), the mapping chosen and the vendor. A location plan at 1:1250 scale typically costs between £13.99 and £19.99, and a 1:2500 scale location plan costs between £55 and £75.

Buyaplan offers a location plan at £13.99, with a 10% saving when buying 2 different scales.

*All prices are exclusive of VAT.

What’s the difference between a location and a block plan?

The difference between a location and block plan is the scale. Location plans are either 1:1250 or 1:2500 scale, whilst a block plan is normally 1:200 or 1:500 scale. A location plan is intended to show the general locality of a property. A block plan shows a far smaller area, typically the property itself.

Both of these plans are usually supplied on A4 or A3, but are increasingly being used in digital format to be uploaded to planning application sites or emailed.

What mapping is used on a location plan?

In the UK, the most common mapping used in location plans is supplied by the Ordnance Survey, however there are other mapping suppliers such as The GeoInformation Group.

Why is my location plan rejected by the local authorities?

One of the most common reasons for planning applications being rejected by local authorities is that the accompanying plans are invalid. The following issues can invalidate a plan:

  • The location is marked incorrectly.
  • The scale is not correct or it is missing from the plan.
  • Information is out of date.
  • The original print is not supplied just an invalid copy.
  • The map does not fit on an A4/A3 paper size.
  • The map does not indicate north.
  • The plan is not provided by an official supplier and does not include copyright information.

Example of an approved location plan

Example of a rejected location plan

Can I get a location plan for free?

You can make your own location map for free but that means that you will need to create your own map that follows all rules of a planning application map. This plan should follow the standards and quality of OS mapping.

In order for your location plan to be suitable it should include: (unless the following would not influence or be affected by the planned development):

  • Building, roads and paths on adjacent land, including access details.
  • All public rights of way intersecting or adjacent to the site.
  • The location of all trees on the property as well as those on neighbouring properties if they affect the development.
  • Type and nature of hard surfaces.
  • All boundaries clearly shown including new proposed fences and walls if appropriate.
  • The location plan should have a scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500 and it needs to fit an A4 or an A3 paper.
  • North indicator.
  • A red outline showing the site’s boundary and a blue outline showing any adjacent or surrounding land that is owned by the applicant.

What’s the difference between a location and a block plan?

The location plan shows the building site in relation to its surrounding building and area. The standard scale of a location plan is 1:1250 or 1:2500.

A block plan (also known as a site plan) depicts the building site in relation to the property’s boundary. Block plans should be submitted at a scale of 1:200 or 1:500.

Example of a Block Plan 1:500 scale

Example of a Location Plan 1:1250 scale

Is a location plan needed for architecture?

A location plan is an essential component of any set of architectural drawings. The location plan will frequently include details such as current and prospective structures, access, landscaping, site borders, and much more.

Also, most planning applications require a location plan as well as a site plan to be submitted as a supporting document.