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


Contents



Introduction

The maps can be accessed by clicking on 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 region 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) to pan the map in this direction.
  • Select the Pan tool pan control eg 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 or Zoom out icons.
  • Drag the zoom level indicator zoom to this level of detail.
  • Double click on the map to zoom in at the clicked point.
  • Select the Zoom tool zoom tool eg and drag a zoom extent over the map.
  • Key in a desired map scale and pressing the refresh button.

Overview Map

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


overviewmap eg

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


Location Searching

Use this to navigate the mapping to a specified address, postcode or locality within the region


  • Initially choose the option to that defines your search Postcode or Address
    postcode search eg
  • Enter the postcode/address or part of in the box and press go.
    postcode search eg
    (Please enter as much as you know to ensure you can navigate to the desired location. When entering a postcode ensure you enter the space character separating the code components if necessary)

  • The search will return with a list of matches from which the user can click on the link to zoom to that part of the mapping

    search results eg

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

  • To navigate to specific settlements in the region use the quick links.

    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 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 a comprehensive query ensure all the policy layes are visible.

Click on the Print button print button eg to open the list of captured policies in a new window ready for printing.

Click on the Export button export button eg to save the list of captured policies as a CSV file.


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

Method 1 - By point

  • 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 - By shape

  • Click on one of the following buttons on the toolbar -
    Capture by Line line info tool eg Capture by Radius radius info tool eg Capture by Shape polygon info tool eg Capture by Extent extent info tool eg
  • Draw the shape over the map -
    • To draw a polygon or line click on the map to define each shape vertex. To complete drawing double click.
    • To define an radius or extent click and hold down the mouse on the map, then drag out to draw the radius or extent. Release the mouse button to finish drawing.

    An example of capturing policies by a radius is shown below.

    capture shape eg

  • When the shape has been drawn a list of all policies that intersect with this shape 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.
  • When using these capture policy tools the capture shape will remain over the mapping until another query is performed. To delete click on the shape and choose the Delete Shape option, as shown below.

    delete capture shape eg

Method 3 - By view

  • Click on the visible in the current view link to list all the policies that are visible in the current map view.

    view policies eg
  • 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



Measuring Distances and Areas on the Map

  • To measure a distance, click on the Measure Distances tool Measure tool 1 eg
    Mark out the line over the map by clicking once to add a vertex and double clicking to complete the line.
    The distance will display in the top right corner of the map.

    Measure 1 eg

  • To measure an area, click on the Measure Areas tool Measure tool 2 eg
    Mark out the polygon shape over the map by clicking once to add a vertex and double clicking to complete the shape.
    The area will display in the top right corner of the map.

    Measure 2 eg




Annotating the Map

The site has functionality to allow the user to annotate the mapping. These specific user annotations can be saved as a image in JPEG format to the user's computer.

Adding Annotations

  • To draw a polygon shape, click on the Draw Polygon tool Poly draw tool eg
    Mark out the polygon shape over the map by clicking once to add a vertex and double clicking to complete the shape.

    Poly eg

  • To draw a line, click on the Draw Line tool Line draw tool eg
    Mark out the line over the map by clicking once to add a vertex and double clicking to complete the line.

    Line eg

  • To draw a point, click on the Draw Point tool Point draw tool eg
    Mark out the point over the map by clicking once to add the point.

    Point eg

  • To add a label, click on the Add Label tool Label draw tool eg
    The following dialog will appear in order to define the label text.
    Label draw tool eg
    Next, click once over the map to add the label. After the label has been added the user can update the text by using the Edit Shape/Label tool Edit Shape/Label tool eg to select the relevant feature. The label dialog box will appeaer in which the label text can be updated.

    Label eg

Editing and Deleting Annotations

Use the Edit Shape/Label tool Edit Shape/Label tool eg and select the relevant feature on the map.
The selected shape/label will highlight in blue, as in the example shown below -

Selected eg


  • To change the shape click and drag the vertices highlighted.
  • To add a vertex to the shape click and drag the pale vertex between existing vertices.
  • To move the shape click and drag the point indicated in the centre of the shape.
  • To edit the label, click on the text and key in the new text.
  • To move the label, double click on the label and drag to the a new position.
  • To delete the shape click the Delete tool Delete tool eg

Saving Annotations

To save the map annotations in JPEG format, click the Save Annotations Save button eg button.
The user will be prompted to either open the file or save it. Choose Save and define the location on the local machine to download it to.





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