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Private roads – restricted access

Request for information – FOI14517


Thank you for your email of 22 December 2014 requesting:

I observe on your web page www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/products/itn-layer.html, copy attached, that you hold information concerning private roads – restricted access, and I enquire:

a) Where you obtain that information from, and

b) If you manage a street register separate from the National Street Gazetteer managed by Geoplace, that is based upon Local Street Gazetteer information provided by our local authorities, as my understanding is that the Local Street Gazetteer does not include such data?

Our response

I confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold this information and we respond to each of your questions as follows:

a) The identification of a Road Link as adopted or unadopted is primarily based upon a visual assessment by the Ordnance Survey data collector, either from a ground visit identifying signage, ground visit making an assessment or inspection of aerial photography.

Formal investigations are not normally made to identify adoption status. However, if an authoritative source, such as the Highway Authority, provides further information then this is normally incorporated. Existing data is not generally reclassified or refined without either an external authoritative source or unambiguous evidence on the ground.

For your information, the terms ‘unadopted’, ‘local street’ and ‘private road’ are synonymous in our data capture and product specifications.

b) Today we do not manage a street register per se, but the information we hold regarding names, extents and status of streets is contained in all or part of a number of our products – such as OS MasterMap Topography Layer, ITN, Gazetteers, OS MasterMap Integrated Network Layer – all of which are ubiquitously licensed by Highways Authorities and used in support of street asset management activities accordingly.

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
SO16 0AS

Email: foi@os.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
  • Failed to provide the information you have requested
  • 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)
If, following the outcome of the internal review you remain unhappy with our response, you may raise an appeal with the Information Commissioner’s Office at:

The Case Reception Unit
Customer Service Team
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Email: mail@ico.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone helpline: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745 for advice, Monday to Friday.

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