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Land reform community mapping tool: guidance

Guidance for communities on how to use our community mapping tool to define their community boundaries and areas.

Published:
8 Jun 2018
Land reform community mapping tool: guidance

This mapping tool can be used for a number of purposes including Land Reform and Community Empowerment legislation.

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 the Community Land Team (crtb@gov.scot)

Community Mapping Tool

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Main Screen

Shows a map of Scotland with the major towns and cities present.

Place cursor onto map, left click and hold mouse button to move the viewable area. The arrow keys on the keyboard can move the view, left, right, up and down. Mouse ball/wheel can be used to zoom in and out as can the minus key or shift-plus key on the keyboard.

Search function (top left)

This allows you to search for a specific postcode unit/sector, Parish, Ward, Community Council, locality or settlement. Ensure the relevant active layer (see below) is activated. If searching for a postcode sector, select the relevant layer from the layer box, located on the left side of the viewable area. Then enter the postcode sector in the 'Search…' box. The relevant search results will then be displayed at the bottom of the viewable area. The postcode sector can be viewed in more detail by clicking on the relevant search result.

Layers

Layers can be accessed by selecting the 'Layer' function, located in the top left corner of the viewable area. 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. The layers can be hidden by clicking on the X in the top right hand corner of the 'Layers' box.

Boundary lines

For the purposes of Community Right to Buy you can define your community in the following ways:

  • 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' - please note that Large User postcode units will not appear on the view/listing
  • a postcode sector which would be 'PH16 5'
  • a postcode district which would be 'PH16'
  • 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'

You may also combine one of the above definitions with additional postcode units, for example Broxburn Electoral ward plus individual postcode units.

Tool Buttons (right side of the map)

Zoom In

This function can be used by rolling the ball/wheel on the mouse pad forwards or clicking the + in the top right corner of the viewable area. The + key on the keyboard is also another way to zoom in.

Zoom Out

This function can be used by rolling the ball/wheel on the mouse pad backwards or clicking the - in the top right corner of the viewable area. The - key on the keyboard is also another way to zoom out.

Reset Map

Shows the whole map - the view will revert to that at the start of the session.

Clear Map

Clears the map of any marked selections.

Select Tools

Identify

Ensure the relevant layer is activated, roll over 'Select Tool' and then click 'Identify'. Place cursor onto the map and left click. The area selected will then be displayed on the viewable area, shaded blue. The results will also be displayed in the 'Search Result' box at the bottom of the viewable area.

Identify Circle

Ensure the relevant layer is activated, roll over 'Select Tool' and click 'Circle' to activate. Click on the map at the required spot and move to show a highlighted radius from that point. Once the shape is complete information will appear in the search results (dependant on what layers are 'active').

Identify Square

Ensure the relevant layer is activated, roll over 'Select Tool' and click 'Square'' to activate. Place cursor onto map, left click and move mouse button to draw required shape. Once the shape is complete information will appear (dependant on what layers are 'active').

Identify Freehand

Ensure the relevant active layer is activated, roll over 'Select Tool' and click 'Freehand' to activate. Place cursor onto map, left click and move mouse to draw required shape. If you hold the shift key you can also draw curved lines. Once the shape is complete information will appear (dependant on what layers are 'active').

Measure Tools

Measure

Click on 'Measure Tool' on the right side of the viewable area. Click onto the map at two or more points to show the distance between these or a cumulative total. Length, Area and Length + Area can be measured by selecting the relevant drop down option.

Unit of measurement

Before measuring, you can also change the unit of measurement from Metric (m/km/hectare) to Imperial (yards/miles/acres). This can be done by clicking on the 'Set measure units' button, located on the right side of the viewable area and then clicking on your preferred option.

Contact

Community Right to Buy

Community Land Team
Q Spur
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
Edinburgh
EH11 3XD

Email: CRTB@gov.scot

Phone: 0300 244 9822 or 0300 244 1945

Crofting Community Right to Buy

Community Land Team
Q Spur
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
Edinburgh
EH11 3XD

Email: CRTB@gov.scot

Phone: 0300 244 19817