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Mapping Tool

This mapping tool can be used by communities wishing to define their community boundaries and areas, under the terms of Part 2 and Part 3 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. There are tools to show Parishes, Wards, Community Councils, localities, postcode (units and sectors) and settlements.

Other useful features may help in mapping land that is to be subject to an application using this legislation. Please see the notes below on the features of the Mapping Tool. If you have any difficulties in using this Mapping Tool, please contact us using the details provided in the Contacts page.

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Layers

Please check the boxes of the relevant layers that you wish to see. Bear in mind that checking a number of boxes at the same time may lead to the "view" being unclear and overly congested. Options can be opened up by clicking on the "folder" sign. Please ensure that to access the newest layer of an option (e.g. Settlements) that the one with the latest date is checked.

Boundary Lines

For the purposes of Community Right to Buy you can define your community in the following ways or a combination of these.

  • An Electoral Ward – shows Electoral Wards for example Broxburn, Uphall and Winchburgh.
  • A Community Council Area – shows the boundary of the Community Council area for example Old Aberdeen.
  • A locality – shows boundaries of localities using National Records of Scotland data for example Prestwick.
  • A postcode unit is “PH16 5BU” (postcode units can only be viewed under 1:50,000 scale).
  • A postcode sector which would be “PH16 5” (postcode sectors can only be viewed under 1:200,000 scale).
  • A postcode district which would be “PH16”(postcode sectors can only be viewed under 1:200,000 scale).
  • A settlement – shows the settlement boundaries using National Records of Scotland data for example Portree
  • An island – shows the boundary of an individual island for example ‘the island of Fetlar’
BASE Layer

Shows major cities. We would advise not to adjust the default setting for these layers.

Radio buttons

These circular buttons determine which layer is "Active. For example, if the "Postcode Unit" button is checked, when you use the "Identify All" button along the top edge of the viewable area and click on the map itself, postcode information on that part of the land will be brought up in a separate window. The same applies for each of the options to which radio buttons are attached.

Buttons above the map

  • Print Map - opens a new window where Print options will be shown.
  • Clear Map - clears the map of any draw lines or other marked selections.
  • Whole Map - shows the whole map i.e. the view will revert to that at the start of the session.
  • Last Map - shows the previous view of the map i.e. one step back, akin to an "undo".
  • Show Legend - shows/hides the legend of the map. Also helps to show what layers are active.
  • Zoom In - click on this to activate. Place cross-hair on the map and left click and hold mouse then drag over the required area. That area will be zoomed into. Scale is shown on the bottom left of the screen.
  • Zoom Out - click on this to activate. Place cross-hair on the map and left click and hold mouse button then drag over the required area. That area will be zoomed out. Scale is shown on the bottom left of the screen.
  • Move View - click on this to activate. Place cursor onto map and left click and hold mouse button to move the viewable area.
  • Find - click on this to activate. A new window will appear which will allow you to search the OS Gazetteer, as will the button at the bottom of the page
  • Identify All - click on this to activate. Please see above at "Radio buttons".
  • Measure - click on this to activate. Click onto the map at two or more points to show the distance between these or a cumulative total
  • Circle Select - click on this to activate. A new window appears. Adjust the pull down to show the requested radius, then click "draw the selection circle". Click on the map at the required spot to show a highlighted radius from that point.
  • Square Select - click on this to activate. Ensure the relevant active layer is activated. Place cursor onto map and left click and hold mouse button and draw required shape. Once the shape is complete information will appear (dependant on what layers are "active").
  • Line/polygon Select - click on this to activate. A new window will appear. Click on map at point to draw the require shape (e.g. following postcode boundaries). Once the shape is complete, click on "Finish Shape". You can then print off this map with the required shape shown.

Search buttons (bottom right)

  • Postcode search - allows you to search for a specific postcode unit, or sector, or districts. If searching for a postcode sector or area a new window will appear showing all postcodes contained therein. Please note that Large User postcodes will not appear on the view/listing.
  • Place search - allows you to search by place name (settlement, town, city, etc) and to search by O.S. Grid References or by X and Y co-ordinates.