Including a pictorial view in planning applications

It is normal for planning application to include plan view with front elevation and side elevation.  It is unusual to include a pictorial view yet this is the view which is the most user friendly to the lay person.

When plans were drawn on one sheet it was usual for the plan view to occupy the lower right quadrant with the front elevation occupying top right and the side elevation bottom left.  The pictorial view was then drawn by projecting from all three to the top left quadrant. The result revealed an excellent 3 dimensional drawing showing an easily understood impression of the proposed development.

Including this pictorial view with all planning applications would promote greater understanding of any development and with computer techniques already available would incur minimal cost. 

Why the contribution is important

This idea is important because the majority of people are not trained to understand plan and elevation views and find it difficult to envisage the 3 dimensional object being portrayed.

The pictorial view cuts through all this lack of understanding by presenting the object in 3 dimensions saving a lot of time in explanations which may not be understood.

Pictorial views are used to explain planning policy by the Scottish Government Planning Department wth excellent effect and if this view was included in all planning development applications a much enhanced experience and understanding would be gained by the majority of people viewing.

by Lexmacd on February 25, 2016 at 05:54PM

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  • Posted by kdonnelly February 26, 2016 at 08:54

    I would agree. I think we need to make planning a more inclusive system, and a relevant skill of professional planning members (as identified by the RTPI) is to 'use appropriate communication methods tailored to the audience'.
  • Posted by JohnColledge February 28, 2016 at 17:16

    Planning Committee members do not necessarily have the skill set to enable them to envisage the good or adverse affect proposed developments will have on residents already living there. Anything that makes that easier to understand has to be a good thing.
  • Posted by Monkstone February 29, 2016 at 07:27

    There would need to be more dimensions on the drawing eg heights measurements so there is no mistakes made
  • Posted by charlesstrang February 29, 2016 at 20:09

    I'd go slightly further, while supporting the idea of better illustration: all elevations, sections and any 3D representations should always encompass figures of man, woman, and child so that there's a vaguely realistic feeling of scale.
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