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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.


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Introduction

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

The main site consists of a map, and on the right slide out content with the the following tabs.
This is opened and closed by clicking this button. menu button eg


Map Location Searching


search tab eg

Overview Map


overview tab eg

Map Layers


layers tab eg

Map Policies


layers tab eg

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Navigating around the map

The mapping comprises 9 levels of zoom ranging from OS 1:250,000 to detailed OS MasterMap data.

The current map viewing scale and scale bar are displayed towards the bottom left of the map.

map scale eg

In order to pan around the mapping -

  • Select the Pan tool pan control eg to be able to pan the map by clicking and dragging the map.
  • Press the up/down/left/right arrow keys on the keyboard to pan the map in this direction.

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.
  • 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 map scale eg and press enter.
  • Press the +/- keys to zoom in/out

Use the Zoom Previous tool zoom previous tool eg or the Zoom Next tool zoom next tool eg in order to go to the previous and next zoom extent in your zoom history.


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 postcode, street or locality within the region


  • Enter the postcode, street or locality name, or part of in the box.

    search eg
    (Please enter as much as you know to ensure you can navigate to the desired location)

  • The search will return the list of matches as you type, from which the user can click on to zoom the map to this location. An example is shown below.

    search results eg

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

    search results eg

  • The map will zoom to the locality and mark the location with a marker. Click the Delete Marker option in the feature popup to remove the marker from the map.

    search location eg

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Map Layers

The map layers list provides functionality to control what policies are visible over the base mapping. Visible layers will be highlighted in grey. By default all layers will be visible on intialization of the map Each individual layer item also 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 layer entry in the list.
  • To turn a group of layers on/off click on the layer group heading.
  • To collapse a layer group click on the collapse control eg symbol and to expand the expand control eg symbol. Clicking the symbol while holding down the shift key will expand/collapse all layer groups.

Please note that the interactive map allows policy boundary information to be displayed above the native scale at which they are shown on the source mapping.


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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 please ensure all the policy layers 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.

Click on the Close button export button eg to clear the list of captured policies.

Use the Next > and < Previous links to scroll through the full list of captured policies if appropriate.


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

By point location

  • 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 Policy Info. tab on the right.
  • The capture point will be indicated by a marker.

    point capture marker eg
  • To delete click on the marker and choose the Delete Shape link.

    delete point capture marker eg

By polygon shape

  • Select the capture by shape button on the toolbar info tool eg
  • Draw the shape over the map -
    • To draw a polygon click on the map to define each shape vertex. To complete drawing double click. Press the Esc key to cancel the drawing.

      capture shape eg
  • After the shape has been drawn, a list of all policies associated with this shape will be displayed under the Policy Info. tab on the right.
  • To delete, click on the shape and choose the Delete Shape link.

    delete capture shape eg

By map view

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

    view policies eg

By search location

  • After searching for a map location, click on the search location marker and choose the "Show policies at this point" link.

    search location eg


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Map Printing

The site provides functionality for the user to print the map along with a map legend and custom 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 policy layers visible on the map
    • List of captured policies if appropriate.
    • Annotations drawn over the mapping by the user.


  • 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


  • If policies have been captured by a query these will display below the mapping.

    print captured policies eg

    This element can be hidden by clicking the hide button in the top right.hide eg


  • When the layout is finalized the page can be printed in the normal manner. The layout is set to print out at A4 Landscape


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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. (Shown as dashed black line). The distance is shown as the line is marked out, as shown below.

    Measure 1eg

    The distance will display as shown below.

    Measure tool distance 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. (Shown as dashed black line). The area is shown as the shape is marked out, as shown below.

    Measure 2 eg
    The area will display as shown below .

    Measure tool distance 2 eg



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