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Land Registry change to boundary

Request for information – FOI14557


Thank you for your email of 6 June 2105, requesting the following information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000:

1. Why - and when it instructed the LR to change the boundary.
2. Any files you have on XXXX XXX

Our response

I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does not hold this information because Ordnance Survey does not instruct the Land Registry to change boundaries nor do we hold any files on XXXX XXX. The only information of XXXX XXX is the map.

However, under our duty to provide advice and assistance as stipulated in Section 16 of the FOIA, we can provide the following explanation which may assist you in this matter.

Ordnance Survey does not depict legal property boundaries nor do we attempt to show property ownership. We only map the existence of physical features on the ground at the time of survey, which are within our specification and published tolerances. However, physical features on the ground change over time and for this reason, Ordnance Survey mapping will be updated and amended, but legal land ownership and title deeds of a property will not change unless authorised by Land Registry.

Ordnance Survey does undertake survey work on behalf of Land Registry, if Land Registry thinks it is required to assist with the registering of land, or in issues about the extent of land ownership. Land Registry will need to request the resurvey, so please contact them direct regarding this matter.

Land Registry also offers an arbitration facility to help resolve disputes.

If you require more information on either of these topics, please contact Land Registry Headquarters at:

Land Registry Head Office
Trafalgar House
1 Bedford Park

Tel: English 0300 006 0411 Welsh 0300 006 0422

Website: http://www.landregistry.gov.uk

Email: customersupport@landregistry.gsi.gov.uk

I suggest you contact Land Registry. It is for them to determine the true extent of the registered title as they can amend our mapping as required for this purpose. It is the wording in your property title deeds, not the plan contained with the deeds, which should describe the legal extent of the land and property conveyed.

You may find our joint statement with Land Registry regarding property boundaries and who records them useful.

Access our property boundaries frequently asked questions.

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.

Thank you for your enquiry.

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