Some of our land and measured building surveyors have spent a fair bit of time in London in the last few months undertaking floor plan and elevation surveys of properties for several different clients. Occasionally the local authorities will request street scene elevations as well as floor plans and elevations of the property which is subject to a planning application.
Street scene elevations require that elevations are drawn as they would be from the pavement outside the property – this will require the land survey to include the fronting hedges / trees and that these are then drawn on the elevations to show how they currently obscure the view of the property, so that the impact of changes can be assessed.
Street scene elevations typically include adjacent properties to the site, but may include a whole row of properties, especially if the site is in a conservation area. We do not need the co-operation / access into adjacent properties as we gather information remotely using specialist photogrammetric software and the latest total survey instruments. Sometimes of course all that might be visible is a high hedge and chimney pot!
Our street scene elevation and land surveys are also sometimes used to assist with ‘rights of light’ type calculations, by planners and planning authorities.