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Questions relating to a personal address and surrounding properties

FOI14597 – Request for information


Thank you for your email of 19 September 2015, requesting information from Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act FOIA 2000:

I would like to ask a number of questions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. These questions relate to my home at XXXXXXXXX XXXX XXX, XXXX and the surrounding properties.

1. When was the last aerial survey carried out here? Or was there a survey on foot?

2. Can you supply me with the image obtained along with details of altitude etc.?

3. How do you decide where boundary lines are placed when transferring from such an image to your MasterMap and Addressbase series of maps?

4. Can you explain the position as to the use of Ordnance Survey Maps in determining legal boundaries between properties? Are the title deeds consulted or the possession rights determined?

5. Do you have conditions to be observed for their use when supplying these maps to the Land Registry for Scotland?

Our response

I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold the information you have requested. Please find below, the information to your request.

1. I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold this information. The last aerial survey of the area was completed on 14 March 2014 from Imagery flown on 30 April 2011.

2. I can confirm that we do hold all this information. The imagery was flown at a height between 7700-8800ft. Ordnance Survey does hold this image on disc and a copy of it has been sent to you in the post today.

3. I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold this information. Physical detail is captured within the mapping according to the current OS Specification for the scale at the time of survey.

4. I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold this information. OS does not determine any legal boundaries. No title deeds or possession rights are consulted or determined.

5. I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold this information. Registers of Scotland receive OS data as captured to current OS specification.

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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