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Aerial photography

Request for information - FOI7739


Thank you for your email of 24/02/2017, and your additional email of 27/02/2017, requesting information from Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) 2000:

Email of 24/02/2017
This request is for information of all the sets of aerial photographs taken by OS, or for OS, from 2005 to days date.

For each set of photographs the current location of each set and the frame number/s which cover the location below:

OS X (xxxxxx) xxxxx
OS Y (xxxxx) xxxxx
Nearest Post Code xxxx xxxx
Lat (xxxxx) xxx:xx:xx
Long (xxxxx) xx:xx:xx (-x.xxxxxx)
Lat, Long
Nat Grid
xxxxxxx / xxxxxxx

xxx xxx.xxx

As you will see from the copy email below, you were able to supply me this information for the set of photographs taken in 2004 which were then held by English Heritage (now Historic England) at their achieve service in Swindon.

I understand from Historic England that they believe they hold do OS sets later than 2004 (but not yet catalogued) but they also believe that some sets later than 2004 may have been deposited elsewhere.

Email of 27/02/2017
This email is further to my FOI request - number FOI17739

I have now heard back from Historic England who hold the past Archive of OS aerial photographs. Their comment was that they do not hold any OS aerial photographs after 2004. They went on to say
"We have however been able to identify from the Ordnance Survey flight diagrams that film xxxxxxx taken on 1 July 2006 will cover your chosen area. As this sortie is digital rather than existing as negative, OS will still hold copies. You should therefore contact them directly."

Could you please supply me with the appropriate photographs from xxxxxxx and from all other OS aerial photographs from 2006 up to 2016 (2016 is already available from MasterMap but I would wish to purchase the original digital stereo images, not the corrected Image layer version). Alternatively inform me from where I can obtain copies.”

Our response

I confirm that Ordnance Survey holds the following information you have requested, which has been sent to you in the post today (16/03/2017). This is the only imagery we hold for the specific area requested.

  • 2006 Image xxxxxxxxx.jpeg (Flown 01/07/2006) containing the Area of Interest (AOI) with the imagery requested, the raw data is not available so I have provided a copy of the 1km tile image which was produced from the raw imagery.
  • 2014 Image xxxxxxxx.jpeg (Flown 15/04/2014) containing the AOI with the imagery requested raw imagery.
  • 2015 Image xxxxxxxx.jpeg (Flown 07/04/2015) flown containing the AOI with the imagery requested raw imagery.
  • 2016 Image xxxxxxxx.jpeg (Flown 27/04/2015) containing the AOI with the imagery requested raw imagery.

Please note, the publication you have requested is subject to crown copyright. Therefore, you may not reproduce, distribute or publish it without Ordnance Survey’s express permission. This restriction does not apply to reasonable use for your own non-commercial research purposes, private study, or any other uses permitted under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

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

E-mail: mailto: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.

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