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Year in which dwellings appeared

Request for information – FOI14454

Request

  • xxxxxx was formally named xxxxxx and on most Ordnance Survey mapping xxxxxx is shown in the middle of the three houses. In what year did the third dwelling first appear to the east of the three dwellings prior to 1994, now known as xxxxxx?
  • Did the xxxxxx family ever ask Ordnance Survey for a survey of the third property to the east, then named xxxxxx in 1994?
  • Or did Ordnance Survey just upgrade their mapping by an aerial survey in 1994? If not please give a date closest prior to 1994.

Our response

Thank you for your e-mail of 13 February 2014, which we acknowledge, requesting information from Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.

Ordnance Survey does not hold any of the information to provide a response to your questions, and we further explain why, and provide additional assistance where possible.

  • xxxxxx was formally named xxxxxx and on most Ordnance Survey mapping xxxxxx is shown in the middle of the three houses. In what year did the third dwelling first appear to the east of the 3 dwellings prior to 1994, now known as xxxxxx?

The only way to determine the year a third dwelling appeared on our mapping would be to view and compare historic mapping. Historic mapping is no longer held by Ordnance Survey, since the closure of our historic map archive in 2008. Historical mapping can be obtained free of charge from your local library. A small charge may be made for a copy, if required. Licensing terms and conditions do apply for mapping which is still within copyright (mapping produced within the last 50 years).

Copyright libraries and The National Archive offer reading and copying facilities for customers willing to visit and carry out their own searches and may be contacted as follows:

The National Archives
Web: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/maps/default.htm
Contact via website: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/contact/form/
Tel: 020 8876 3444

The British Library
Web: http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelprestype/maps/ordsurmap/osmapping.html
Email: maps@bl.gov.uk
Tel: 020 7412 7702

Bodleian Library Oxford
Web: http://www.ouls.ox.ac.uk/bodley/library/rooms/nbr
E-mail: maps@bodley.ox.ac.uk
Tel: 01865 (2)77013

Cambridge University Library
Web: http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/maps/
Email: library@lib.cam.ac.uk
Tel: 012 2333 3000

National Library of Scotland
Web: http://www.nls.uk/collections/maps/index.html
Email: maps@nls.uk
Tel: 0131 623 3970

Library of Trinity College Dublin
Web: http://www.tcd.ie/Library/libraries/map.php
Email: map.library@tcd.ie
Tel: (+353 1) 896 2087/1544

  • Did the xxxxxx family ever ask Ordnance Survey for a survey of the third property to the east, then named xxxxxx in 1994?

We do not hold any historic survey correspondence, as there is no business requirement for us to retain such information. As such we are unable to provide a response to this question.

  • Or did Ordnance Survey just upgrade their mapping by an aerial survey in 1994?

This information is not held. As we do not retain historic mapping (as previously explained) or survey records we cannot say what survey methods were used.

  • If not please give a date closest prior to 1994.

We do not hold information on dates of original survey, this is because original survey notes/records are not retained as the mapping becomes the ‘evidence’ of the survey at that time.

As all the requested information is not held by Ordnance Survey, we have determined that in all the circumstances of this case the Public interest consideration (section 17 FOIA) is not applicable in this instance.

Internal review

Your enquiry has been processed according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. If you are unhappy with our response, you may request an internal review with our FOI Internal Review Officer, by contacting them as follows:

FOI Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
Adanac Drive
Southampton
SO16 0AS

E-mail: foi@ordnancesurvey.co.uk

Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

  • Failed to respond to your request within the time limits (normally 20 working days)
  • Failed to tell you whether or not we hold the information
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  • Failed to explain the reasons for refusing a request
  • Failed to correctly apply an exemption or exception

The FOI Internal Review Officer will not have been involved in the original decision. They will conduct an independent internal review and will inform you of the outcome of the review normally within 20 working days, but exceptionally within 40 working days, in line with the Information Commissioner’s guidance.

The FOI Internal Review Officer will either: uphold the original decision, provide an additional explanation of the exemption/s applied or release further information, if it is considered appropriate to do so.

Appeal to Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
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The Information Commissioner’s Office
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