Location plan feature
Planning Portal has changed the way sites are identified and shared with Local Planning Authorities
Aligning with our continued efforts to reduce invalidation, we are excited to provide details on the latest feature to be introduced into the Planning Portal; embedding a location plan creator into the application service. The location plan feature, launched on 2 May, is available to use for all Portal applications in England that require a location plan. Watch a walk-through demonstration below.
Watch a walk-through demonstration of the location plan feature:
A consistent, national approach
By introducing this feature to the Planning Portal, everyone benefits from a consistent process.
For users, they can draw the site boundary as part of their application journey on the Planning Portal using our simple tool - saving time and therefore money, on each application, or upload their own file. As an additional benefit, planning professionals can retrieve a copy of their location plan as a PDF or data file, for uploading directly into their own systems.
Local Planning Authorities receive information in a standard way for each application, which is checked against legislative criteria - reducing the likelihood of an invalid location plan. The method also reduces the manual effort involved in re-plotting the site location, and the user’s process is the same for every application, regardless of which Local Authority receives it. We know from our experience, and the introduction of our payment service specifically, that this standardised approach brings greater efficiencies for all.
Browse our location plan feature FAQs (https://www.planningportal.co.uk/services/help/faq/applications/site-boundary-and-location-plan)Browse our location plan feature FAQs
Read our guidance on drawing a site boundary and creating a location plan (https://www.planningportal.co.uk/services/help/location-plan-feature)Read our guidance on drawing a site boundary and creating a location plan
Ever wondered what happens to your application after you submit? Watch our animation to show the journey from creating your application on the Planning Portal, to Local Authority processing.
Read our related blog posts
- Successful launch of the location plan feature2
- Answering your questions about the location plan feature3
- See the location plan feature in action4
- Addressing invalidation due to location plan errors5
- Spotlight on… our work to continue reducing invalid applications6
- Continuing improvements to the Planning Portal in 20237
Our free-to-attend webinars are a chance to listen to our team and watch them present walk-through demonstrations on new Planning Portal features, and answer any questions our customers may have.
Watch our webinar held on 27 April, and learn from our team about how to use the location plan feature and its functions, in a comprehensive demonstration.