External Mapping Sources


Below is a list of external websites that provide interesting and useful information about your local area. Please note these websites and data sets are not managed or monitored by the council. Unlike the maps on the area-specific Know your Place pages, these maps will not automatically load to your desired area.

Click on the title or the 'here' button to view the external websites. All links will open in a new tab. 


This is by no means an exhaustive list of sources, and inclusion here does not necessarily indicate that the District Council endorses or has checked the data available from specific sites. 

Have a suggestion as to another useful mapping source? Let us know!

Bassetlaw District Council - Public Access

The Public Access service, hosted on the District Council’s website, allows you to view and comment on planning applications across the District.


  • After reading and agreeing to the disclaimer on the front page, click on the button on the right-hand side of the page, which will take you to the ‘Simple Search’ page.
  • Use the tabs to conduct different types of search of applications in the database.
  • The ‘Map’ tab is particularly useful (zoom in to your local area to see applications outlined in red, click on them for more information, and change / expand what’s on show using the grey buttons in the top left corner of the map).

Open Public Access.

Bing Maps - Ordnance Survey

A particularly useful feature of the mapping service provided by Bing is the ability to view detailed Ordnance Survey maps of the UK, including Bassetlaw.


  • The link above should open straight to the Ordnance Survey layers (both Explorer and Landranger scales) – just zoom in to view.
  • Alongside, another useful feature of Bing’s offer is Streetside, which is an alternative to Google Street View. This can be accessed via the layers menu in the top right-hand corner of the map window. 

Open Bing Maps


Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC)

CRDC brings together mapped data from a range of sources together into one place, providing a fascinating way to look at your area from a new perspective. 


  • Enter your postcode in the box in the top left of the map window.
  • Use the ‘Choose a Map’ drop-down in the top right-hand corner of the screen to see the full list of different maps - just click to view.
  • The ‘Filter Maps by Topic’ button, next to ‘Choose a Map’, allows you to group the list of maps by theme. 
  • Information about the data displayed, including its source and its age, is shown in the right-hand panel.


Google Maps 

Google’s well-known spatial functions include maps, information about services and facilities, aerial photography, and Street View images.


  • Use the ’Search Google Maps’ box in the left corner to locate your area - with a name or postcode.
  • The ‘Layers’ button in the bottom left-hand corner allows you to view different types of map base.
  • The orange person icon in the bottom right-hand corner allows you to view Street View images - drag and drop the icon onto any blue lines on the map to view that location.
  • When using Street View, click the blue ’See more dates’ button in the top left box to view images from previous years (when available).

Access to Google Maps


National Library of Scotland Maps

Although hosted by the National Library of Scotland, this extensive collection of historic maps covers all of Scotland, England, and Wales. 


  • Use one of four modes, as shown on the first page, to identify your local area and view available historic maps
  • The site provides helpful hints in pop-up boxes as you open different pages.
  • The ‘Guide to this website’ link (on the left-hand side of the front page) provides a useful overview.

Open National Library of Scotland

National Map of Planning Data

This government-led service is designed to collate planning data from across all local authority areas.


  • Locate your area by clicking on the map and using the zoom button in the top left corner.
  • Use the list of layers on the right-hand side to explore the available data.
  • Please note - the following layers are not available for Bassetlaw:
    • Article 4 direction
    • Building preservation notice
    • Conservation area
    • Design code area
    • Locally listed building
    • Tree
    • Tree preservation zone

Access the National Map of Planning data


Natural England - Green Infrastructure

Natural England's Green Infrastructure Map is a powerful tool, providing access to a wealth of mapped information about the natural environment and related themes.


  • Locate your area using the ‘search’ box above the map.
  • View the available data using the list on the left-hand side, and switch layers on and off using the toggle buttons.
  • Information on each layer can be viewed by clicking the blue ‘i’ button. 
  • The drop-down menus in the purple bar at the top of the page provide additional information and guidance. 
  • Natural England also host MAGIC, a related mapping system, which provides access to similar data but in a different format. 

Access the Natural England Green Infrastructure webpage

Office for National Statistics (ONS) Census 2021 Interactive Map

The Office for National Statistics have started a new method of publishing census data along with the traditional spreadsheet publication they now present the data visually on a map. They are currently in the process of publishing the data recorded in the 2021 Census so check this link frequently to see any updates (and the entry below in the list for an alternative way to view the data).


  • The map should automatically load at Bassetlaw with the option to zoom in further to your desired location. 
  • View the available census data using the category list on the left-hand side.
  • Once you have selected your chosen category this will populate the data onto the map and you can share or download the data from the map into an Excel spreadsheet. 

Access the ONS Census 2021 Interactive Map

Office for National Statistics (ONS) - Custom Area Profiles

An additional function of the ONS website is the ability to generate Custom Area Profiles from 2021 Census data for specific areas, identified using a map. 


  • Scroll down the page, enter the name of the area you want to see data for in the blue 'Find your area' box, and click on the correct entry from the drop-down list. 
  • You can then either click 'Build profile', or 'Edit on map' to check and modify the boundary of the area the report will be generated for. 
  • The 'Edit on map' function is particularly useful if you want to combine areas, or if you are interested in an area smaller than a complete parish or settlement. In this option, use the red dustbin icon (top right of the screen) to clear the selection, and you can then use the arrow tool (top left of the screen) to select the areas you are interested in on the map. Once complete, click the green 'Build profile' button to move to the next screen. 
  • With the area geography confirmed, you will then be able to select the topics to be included in the profile. There are 34 topics to pick from, and these can be selected using the menu on the left-hand side of the page.    

Access the ONS Custom Area Profile builder

Open Infrastructure Map

A less well-known site, Open Infrastructure Map displays the mapped extent of power lines, power generation sites, telecoms masts, oil and gas pipelines, and some water pipelines.


  • Use the various tools on the right-hand side of the map window to navigate the map, choose different layers to display, and query the data.
  • The ‘search’ tool in the top left-hand corner provides a useful means to search the map using a name or key word. 

Access the Open Infrastructure Map

Open Street Map

OpenStreetMap is an open-source, community-built mapping platform.


  • Use the various tools on the right-hand side of the map window to navigate the map, choose different layers to display, and query the data. 
  • the 'search' tool in the top left-hand corner provides a useful means to search the map using a name or key word.

Access the Open Street Map

Last Updated on Wednesday, May 8, 2024