Location plan - Planning validation requirements

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A location plan shows the site in relation to the wider area, so anyone looking at the plans can quickly and easily identify where the proposed development is. 


You can buy location plans in the correct format for your application from the Planning Portal

You must provide one copy of an up-to-date map with a metric scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500 

The location plan you submit as part of your application must: 

  • show the application site edged in red and any other adjoining land owned or controlled by you must be edged in blue 
  • include all land necessary to carry out the proposed development e.g. land required for access from a public highway, visibility splays, landscaping, car parking and open areas around the building. These must be included within the area edged in red. 
  • cover a large area around the site, with at least two named roads, house names or numbers, and surrounding buildings notated 
  • include a scale bar and plan size

You can find more details of what you need to submit in our guidance on sample drawings

We recommend that you purchase location plans direct from the Planning Portal, however the guidance below should provide further clarification on what would and would not be acceptable

You can get help and advice from our Duty Planner on location plans and planning applications. 

You can get detailed feedback on your proposal by using our pre-application advice service

Personal and confidential statement 

We may publish any information you submit as part of your application. You must tell us if there is any information you do not want us to publish when you submit your application.  

If however, we believe that this information is in the public interest, we reserve the right to publish it.  

We may also decide parts of your submission are not in the public interest and may redact this information. This information may include telephone numbers, email addresses and signatures. 

When you need to submit this information
Validation requirements

Required by 

  • National requirement. You can find details of this requirement in the National Planning Policy Framework 
  • Local requirement. You can find details of this requirement in: 
    • Local plan policy -  LPP1
    • Local plan policy - LPP52

These policies can be found in the Local Plan 2013 - 2033 document



An application for a householder extension.  The RED Line includes the access to a highway

Location plan image from birds eye view with a red line which indicates access to a highway

The RED Line is only drawn around the extension and not the entire property boundary

Location plan image from birds eye view with a red line which indicates the extension

The RED Line is drawn for part of the site, not all and doesn’t include access to the highway

Local plan image from birds eye view with a red line which indicates part of the site but with no access to the highway