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What scale do I require for Planning Permission in the UK?

Our most popular basic product is: A Planning Pack by email - this contains both a 1:500 and a 1:1250 scale plan - Follow this link

Some local authorities require different map scales - we cover them all though 1:200, 1:500, 1:1250 and 1:2500

My Utility company has asked for a location plan?

We recommend a 1:1250 scale plan Follow this link

How do I print the digital plans that I have received?

We have a section on this website dedicated to solving any print problems. Follow this link

How quickly will I receive my order?

We pride ourselves on a quick turnaround - we aim to e-mail all digital orders within 30 minutes during office hours and within 2 hours at evenings and weekends and supply orders until 10pm 7 days a week.

All post orders are dispatched the same day (within office hours) if received before 3.30pm. Our opening hours are: Monday to Friday - 9am to 5.30pm. Post orders placed over the weekend or public holidays will be supplied next working day via Royal Mail 1st Class post.

What is the difference between Vector data and Raster data?

Vector data is represented as a series of two-dimensional coordinated lines and points. Computer-aided design (CAD) systems are able to interpret this type of digital data.

Raster data represents map detail as a flat image, similar to a photograph, they are made from a matrix of individual pixels - we supply our raster data in tif format, the majority of PCs or Macs can open these products without the need of specialist software.

How does the National Grid work (UK) ?

How does the National Grid work (UK) ?

The National Grid is the map reference system used on all Ordnance Survey maps to identify the position of map features.

How it works

The National Grid breaks Great Britain down into progressively smaller squares identified first by letters and then numbers.

The largest unit of the grid is 500km squares each designated by a prefix letter alphabetically from A-Z omitting I - the first letter to be quoted in today's National Grid Reference. Great Britain is covered only by four of these squares: H, N, S and T.

The 500km squares are then further broken down in to twenty-five 100km squares which are identified by a letter, again A - Z omitting I ( the second letter quoted in a reference).

These squares are divided into smaller squares by grid lines representing 10 km spacing each numbered 0 - 9, from the south-west corner in an easterly and northerly direction. You can thus identify a 10km grid square by quoting two grid letters and the eastings and northings; for example, TQ 6 3.

On OS Landranger Maps, you will find the two grid letters on the legend or the corner of the map. The 10km grid is then further broken down into 1km grid squares.

By estimating the eastings and northings to one tenth of the grid interval, you can quote a full six figure grid reference that is accurate to 100m on the ground. For example, the Tower of London's grid reference is TQ 336805.

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