My architect has told me I need a survey. What’s it for?
In simple terms we are map makers. We map land (land or topographic surveys – they are the same thing) and buildings. (Floor plans of the internal layout, elevations of the existing outside of buildings)
Usually if you are putting in a planning application for a new build, extension, major renovation or landscaping project you will need a measured survey.
This could be a land survey – a very detailed map which will show the position and size of existing features, such as buildings, paths, trees, boundaries and also provide information on the levels across the land.
This information is critical for planners to make informed decisions, for architects to design and for builders to build.
You cannot rely on an Ordnance Survey map for your project, they are not accurate enough, do not have sufficient level information or map the existing features adequately.