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What is a Land Registry Plan and how do I go about it ?

Updated: May 8, 2019

What is a Land Registry Plan and how do I go about it ?

There are many reasons why you may need a Land Registry Plan. You may simply be a prospective homeowner undergoing the process of conveyancing. You may be someone who is tired of navigating the pitfalls and hurdles of the housing market and has chosen to make the dream of their own self-built home a reality. You may be a property developer with an eye to creating a brand new development on an available lot. You may be a property owner engaged in a boundary dispute with your neighbour. You may be a commercial agent of legal firm acting on behalf of any of the above.

In any case, wherever land is bought or sold, Land Registry Compliant Plans are a necessary legal requirement. Nonetheless, while good money needs to be paid for them, it’s understandable that those who require one will want to know what exactly they’re getting for their money and why they are necessary. Let’s dive deep into this important but oft-misunderstood application process…

What exactly is a Land Registry Compliant Plan?

It is a plan that shows a plot of land or a property that is subject to a Land Registry application. It is referred to by many names and is commonly referred to as a boundary plan, lease plan, deed plan or conveyance plan.

Why is it a legal requirement?

It is a legal requirement in accordance with the Land Registration Act of 2002. This act states that an application must be made to the Land Registry when land or property is first registered, sold or transferred and when a lease of longer than 7 years is created. It applies to both freehold and leasehold plots and properties.

The act also ensures that plans submitted to the Land Registry meet the required standard and offers clear guidance on how to do this.

What needs to be included in the plan?

Supplement 2 of the Land Registry Practice Guide 40 contains clear guidelines on what is legally required to be included in the plan. In order to meet these legal requirements the following must be included;

Plans must be accurately drawn to a stated scale (1:1250 – 1:500 for urban properties and 1:2500 for rural properties).Building’s orientation must be shown via a north arrow.Sufficient detail must be shown for the plot to be identified on the Ordnance Survey plan, Where the plot contains property, the entirety of the property must be shown, including any garages, garden grounds, bin stores, bike sheds etc. Buildings must be shown in their correct, or intended, position. Land and property must be clearly differentiated by edging, colouring or hatching.

How much does a registry plan cost?

The cost of a Land Registry Plan varies depending on the project. However, the starting cost for an application currently stands at £175.

How long does the application process take?

Again, this may vary depending on the size and nature of the project. Plan production needs to begin with a measured survey, which we aim to carry out within just a few working days of your request. Draft plans will then be sent to you or your chosen representative within 4 working days.

Clients you have a plan taken from a previous estate agent can feel free to submit these plans to us. We will happily look over the plans to see if they can be converted into a fully compliant plan.

Whatever your Land Registry Compliant Plan needs, we have the knowledge and experience to carry them out.

Contact us today!

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