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Repositioning of a boundary

Request for information – FOI16694


Thank you for your email of 17 July 2016, requesting the following information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000:

I am requesting under the Act, copies of all information you have, including electronic, which led to the repositioning of this boundary (information on the boundary has been withheld).

Our response

I can confirm that Ordnance Survey does not hold this information because Ordnance Survey does not depict or change legal property boundaries or property ownership.

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 maps do not depict legal property boundaries nor do they 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. This mapping is then copied by Land Registry and Registers of Scotland who add their own additional information or annotation to explain the extent of a legal property boundary and property ownership.

We recommend that you contact Registers of Scotland at:

Edinburgh Customer Service Centre
Meadowbank House
153 London Road

Glasgow Customer Service Centre
Hanover House
24 Douglas Street
G2 7NQ

Tel: 0800 169 9391

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

It is for them to determine the true extent of the registered title as they can amend our mapping as required for this purpose. You may find our property boundaries frequently asked questions on our property boundaries FAQs web page.

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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