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Online Mapping Service - Help

These pages have been created to help you use the Online Mapping Service. For further information or assistance please e-mail GIS@nfdc.gov.uk.

Address Search

You can use 'Address Search' to search for and display a specific location on the map. This facility is the default screen that loads into the web browser when you enter the Online Mapping Service.

The search facility is not case sensitive, so you may use upper or lower case. To search for a location, enter details into one or more of the following boxes: -

  • Building No. To minimise the search results you should also enter a street name or postcode in the relevant box.
  • Building Name (eg Heather Lodge). A fuzzy search is performed on this box which means that if you just type in 'heather', the search will return results for every building name that contains the word 'heather', such as 'white heather' or 'heatherdene'.
  • Street Name. To minimise the number of search results you should type in the full name of the street and also enter a building name/number or postcode in the relevant box).
  • Town. To minimise the search results you should enter details in at least one of the other boxes.
  • Postcode. Enter the full postcode eg SO43 7DN.

After entering details in one or more of the boxes, click on the 'Search' button. The results of the search will be displayed on screen in the box below. Click on the required address in the list in order to display the map at that location. A yellow star on the map will identify the address you selected.

To remove all the text from the search boxes at any time, click on the 'Clear' button. Please note: If you have already zoomed to a specific location - the map window will remain at this location until you either complete a new search or move around the map using the map tools or other functions.

You can also use the 'Clear' button to remove the address text from the map.

About The Property

This function is only available once you have searched for a specific location using the 'Address Search' and zoomed to that location on the map.

You can use this function to find out useful information about the property. It will automatically display: -

  • The name of the district ward in which the property is situated
  • The names and phone numbers of the district councillors
  • A link to e-mail the councillor direct from this web page
  • The day the refuse and recycling is collected

To find this information for a different property, you will need to go back to the 'Address Search' page and complete a new search.

Find My Nearest...

This function is only available once you have searched for a specific location using the 'Address Search' and zoomed to that location on the map.

You can use this function to find the nearest: -

  • Health and Leisure Centre
  • Local Information Office
  • Public Convenience
  • Recycling Centre
  • Visitor Information Centre

First select the type of feature you want to find from the drop down list. You may then choose to find either: -

  • The nearest one to the address you chose, or
  • All that falls within a specified distance of the address you chose. To use this option, click on the check button beside 'All within...' and then enter the distance (in kms or miles).

Now click on the 'Search' button. The results will be displayed in the box below, together with the distance from the location you specified in the 'Address Search'. Click on the name of the one you are interested in to display it on the map. The map will refresh to show both the original address you selected (identified by a yellow star) and the location of the feature (identified by a red star).

You may continue to use this function to find other features for your chosen address. However, to 'find the nearest...' in relation to another property, you will need to go back to the 'Address Search' screen and complete a new search.

Map Tools

The map tools are located to the left of the map. You can use these tools to interact directly with the map, to navigate and get extra information.

Please click on a link below to get further information about the tools

  • Zooming
  • Panning
  • Get Information
  • Help
  • Update Map

Zooming

It is possible to zoom in and out to show more or less detail on the map. When zooming, the system will automatically display the most appropriate Ordnance Survey mapping background for the current scale.

Note on map scales:

A map displayed at a small scale (e.g. 1:50,000) shows less detail and smaller map features but covers a larger area.

A map displayed at a large scale (e.g. 1:1,250) shows more detail and larger map features but covers a smaller area.

Zoom in  
Zoom In
Click this button to zoom in towards the centre of the map by a factor of 2. Click the button again to zoom in further.

Zoom out  
Zoom Out

Click this button to zoom out from the centre of the map by a factor of 2. Click the button again to zoom out further

Zoom to Extent of District  
Zoom to Extent of District

This button will zoom to the extent of the New Forest District Council boundary.

Zoom to Box  
Zoom to Box

This button will enable you to zoom to a particular area of the map. Click on the map and, holding the mouse button down, drag the mouse over the map to draw a box. When you release the mouse button, the map will zoom to the area you selected.

Zoom to Map Scale  
Zoom to Map Scale

This tool is an alternative way to zoom in and out of the map. Click on the drop down box and select a scale from the list. The map will then zoom to the selected scale.

Quick Search  
Quick Search

This tool is an alternative way to zoom to a pre-defined area or place.

Panning

Drag Pan
Drag Pan
This button enables you to drag and pan around the map. Click and drag the map by holding down your left mouse button to move the map in any direction.

Directional Move
Directional Move

These buttons are found around the edges of the map window. They let you move or pan the map in any of the eight directions by clicking on the individual arrows. The map will move a half of the map width in the direction of the chosen arrow.


Get Information

It is possible to find out information relating to features within the map layers, such as the name of a parish, items that can be recycled at a recycling centre, the opening times of local information offices etc.

Get Info  
Get Info

To use the 'Get Info' tool, map layers must first be added. See Adding Map Layers for details. The first time you click on the 'Get Info' tool an additional option called 'Enable info on:' will appear below the toolbar.

Select Layer to Query  
Select Layer to Query

This option will appear after you click on the 'Get Info' button for the first time. It is recommended that you choose the map layer that you want to query from the drop down list and then click on the feature on the map. The feature will become highlighted and information relating to the feature will be displayed on the left hand side of the screen. It is possible to query all available overlays, but if you have added lots of layers you may find you get information for a different layer than the one you wanted.

Clear Info  
Clear Info

To de-select a map feature, click on the 'clear' button.


Help

Help  
Help

Click on this button to open these help pages.


Update Map

Refresh Map  
Refresh Map

Select map layer(s) that you want to display or hide, then click this button to refresh the map. You can select one or many of the layers and then refresh the map afterwards to update all of the changes.


Key Map
Key Map

Key Map
The key map shows the outline of the New Forest District boundary. A red rectangle shows which part of the area is shown in the current map window. You can click on the Key Map to re-centre the map window at the location where you click.


Key Map Selection  
Key Map Selection

Check or uncheck this box to either display or hide the key map.

Co-ordinates  
Co-ordinates

This displays the easting and northing for the position your mouse is pointing to on the map.

Map Layers

The map layer showing the New Forest District Council boundary is displayed automatically when you visit this web site.

You can use 'Map Layers' to add information to the map. As you add layers, coloured images are added to the Ordnance Survey base maps to indicate the geographical position of those features.

To add map layers to the base mapping, you must first click on the 'Map Layers' link above the map. A list of layers will then appear on the left hand side of the screen. These layers are organised in themes (categories).

Select a theme by clicking on the '+' sign beside it to reveal the list of associated map layers. For example, clicking on the '+' beside Waste Management will allow you to see all layers that have a Waste Management theme, such as Recycling Centres. Each layer has a legend beside it that will show the colour that has been used to represent that layer on the map.

To add a layer, click the check box next to your chosen layer. You can add as many layers as want from any of the themes. Once you have selected all the layers you wish to view, click on the 'refresh map' button to update the map.

To remove a layer, simply uncheck the box next to the layer. You can remove as many layers as you want at any one time. Then click on the 'refresh map' button to update the map.

Please refer to the Get Info section within these help pages to find out how to get information about features shown on the map layers.

This Online Mapping Service does not retain a history of previous visits to the site. Therefore, each time you visit the site, you will need to select the map layers that you want to view.

Print Map

Please note: -

  • Maps should not be printed unless New Forest District Council map layers are visible on the map due to Ordnance Survey Licence Agreement restrictions. You must not print a map that just shows Ordnance Survey base mapping.
  • A single print is permitted for your own personal use.
  • These maps are for identification purposes only and must not be used for formal documentation. You cannot use this Online Mapping Service to produce printed maps for the purpose of submitting a planning application.

You can use the 'Print Map' function to print a map in pdf format.

First select your paper size and map scale from the options displayed on screen and then click on the map to select the centre of your print.

Your screen will then automatically display a preview of the print you have created.

Click on the 'download your pdf' link and you will then be able to print a hard copy of the map.

Click on the 'back' button on your browser or on the 'Back to Map' link to return to the previous page on the Online Mapping Service web site.

Note on map scales:

  • A map displayed at a small scale (e.g. 1:50,000) shows less detail and smaller map features but covers a larger area.
  • A map displayed at a large scale (e.g. 1:1,250) shows more detail and larger map features but covers a smaller area.

These pages have been created to help you use the Online Mapping Service. For further information or assistance please e-mail GIS@nfdc.gov.uk.

Updated: 26 Nov 2014
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