Most of us know what property we own and are able to clearly identify that, however when it comes to land ownership a lot of people are hazy about the boundaries.
In a domestic situation you may be unclear as to whether you or your neighbour owns the boundary fence or wall, which in day-to-day life may not be an issue, but when you need to replace a fence panel it may be more of a concern. Your title deeds should clearly state who owns each boundary, these will be held by your solicitor or your mortgage company.
When it comes to making a planning application it is imperative that you know your land ownership when indicating your redline application area to us. Whilst a planning application can be made on any land, during the application process you must state who owns the land and inform the owner that an application is being made, this is a legal requirement. This is done by filling out the following ownership certificates:
• Certificate A - the applicant is the only owner of all the land within the boundaries of the application site.
• Certificate B - the applicant knows the names and addresses of all the other owners of the land involved in the application
• Certificate C - the applicant knows the names and addresses of some, but not all, the other owners of the land involved in the application,
• Certificate D - the applicant does not know the names and addresses of any of the other owners of the land involved in the application
We have known of cases where the applicant has stated they have owned all of the application site and have proceeded with a planning application, to find out that the ownership certificate is wrong and that the application is invalid. This will incur abortive costs to the applicant and delay the planning process as a new application would have to be made.
With many projects covenants or easements are also critical to the planning process and should be highlighted to your planner or architect at an early stage to negate any planning issues.
A useful website to clarify your land ownership is https://www.gov.uk/search-property-information-lan...
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