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In order to use this interactive version of the Braintree District Council Local Plan to its fullest potential it is strongly recommended that the user reads this guide before proceeding.



The maps can be accessed by clicking the Maps link on the header bar.

The main site consists of a map on the right hand side and on the left the following tabs.

Map Location Searching

search tab eg

Overview Map

overview tab eg

Map Key

layers tab eg

Map Policies

layers tab eg

Navigating around the map

The mapping comprises 8 levels of zoom ranging from a simple district overview to detailed OS MasterMap data.
The current viewing level is indicated by the zoom level indicator and along with this the current map viewing scale is also displayed.

zoom level indicator eg     map scale indicator eg

Pan/Zoom Control

Use this control to pan around and zoom into more detailed mapping

pan control eg

In order to pan around the mapping -

  • Click on the desired compass direction (N, S, E, W) pan eg to pan the map in this direction.
  • Select the pan pan control eg tool to be able to pan the map by clicking and dragging the map.

In order to zoom in and out of the mapping -

  • Click on the Zoom in zoom in eg or Zoom out zoom out eg icons.
  • Drag the zoom level indicator zoom level eg in order zoom to this level of detail.
  • Double click on the map to zoom in at the clicked point.
  • Select the zoom zoom tool eg tool and draw over the map a zoom extent.
  • Key in a desired map scale and press the Refresh button.

Overview Map

Use this control to quickly navigate to a specific part of the district. Note the red square indicates the current map view

overviewmap eg

Click on this image to navigate to this part of the district, or drag the coverage indicator box to the desired part of the district

Location Searching

Use this to navigate the mapping to a specified postcode, street or locality within the district

  • To navigate to a specific postcode or street, enter the full postcode/street name or part of in the box and press go. (Please enter as much as you know to ensure you can navigate to the desired location)

    postcode search eg

  • The search will return with a list of the first 20 matches from which the user can click on the link to zoom to that part of the mapping. For example -

    search results eg

    Or, if an exact match has been found, the mapping will navigate to this location directly.

  • To navigate to a specific locality/inset map in the district use the quick links. This contains a list of major localities in the district in which the user can quickly navigate to.

    search results eg

Map Key

The key control provides functionality to control what policies are visible over the base mapping. Each individual layer control doubles as a key to indicate how this policy layer is displayed on the map.

layer control eg

  • To turn all layers on click on the All Layers On link.
  • To turn all layers off click on the All Layers Off link.
  • To turn an individual layer on/off click on the check box next to the layer.
  • To turn a group of layers on/off click on the check box next to the layer group heading.
  • To expand/collaspe a layer group click on the "+" and "-" symbols. Clicking the symbol while holding down the shift key will expand/collaspe all layer groups.
  • To zoom the map to the full extent of all features in a policy layer click on the text description of the layer

Querying the policy data

The site is able to query the map and return a list of policies associated with that query, as shown below.

policy links eg

By clicking on each individual policy link, the user is able to view text information from the Written Statement pertaining to this policy. Note, that only the policies that are visible on the map will be used in the queries. So for comprehensive queries ensure all the policy layers are visible.

The map data can be queried by any of the following methods -

Method 1

  • Select the info button on the toolbar info tool eg
  • Click on the map and a list of all policies associated with this point location will be displayed under the Policies tab on the left.
  • Use the Next and Previous links at the bottom to move between the results pages if necessary.
  • Click on the link to view the Written Statement text for this policy

Method 2

  • Click on the visible in the current view link to list all the policies that are visible in the current map view.
  • Click on the required link to view the Written Statement text for this policy

Once the user moves away from the current view, by either panning or zooming the map, the list of policy results will be cleared ready for the next query.

Map Printing

The site provides fuctionality for the user to print the map along with a map legend and specific user information.

To print the map -

  • Select the print button on the toolbar print tool eg This will open the print layout page in a new window, as shown below.

    print layout eg

    This layout includes-
    • Current map view
    • Input for the user to add a custom title
    • Input for the user to add custom comments
    • Map legend containing all policies visible on the map

  • To add a custom title, replace "Add Title?" with the required text.
    add title eg

    If a title is not required this element can be hidden by clicking the hide button in the top right.hide eg

  • To add a custom comments, replace "Add Comments?" with the required text.
    add comments eg

    If no comments are necessary this element can be hidden by clicking the hide button in the top right.hide eg

  • If the map legend is not required on the print it may be hidden by clicking the hide button in the top right

    print legend eg

  • When the layout is finalized the page can be printed in the normal manner

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