Freedom of information response

Block Plan and Site Location Plan policy

Publication date: 
Tuesday 3 October 2017

I make a further Freedom of Information (FOI) request as to whether the planning department, ever changing and inconsistent BP and SLP policy, is being driven by guidance from the DfC&LG to force everybody to provide plans specifically from the planning portal, rather than any other form of BP or SLP such as a bespoke measured and drawn BPs and SLPs?? And if such guidance has been issued, then I would request a copy of said guidance for clarity and transparency purposes.


Prior to the adoption of the Council’s new Residential Alterations and Extension Design SPD, the council reviewed it’s validation requirements for householder planning applications. The council no longer requires Block Plans for planning applications. Instead it requires Site Layout Plans, alongside a Location Plan. This information is necessary for applicants to clearly illustrate their planning proposal to the general public. Prior to the adoption of the Design SPD the council wrote to all planning agents to advise of the changes and the council’s requirements are clearly set out at

Request reference:
FOI 7221