Land Registry Plans
The Land Registry Title Plan has a specific purpose. This article will explain its purpose and will distinguish it from other plans available from the Land Registry such as Deed Plans, Lease Plans and drawings to support planning and building regulation consents (blue prints).
Rules made under the land Registration Rules 2003 (Rule 5) state that the Land Registry shall maintain a Plan that is to be based on the Ordnance Survey and that it should be referred to in the property description provided in the Title Register.
The description of the property address in the Register is improved considerably by the Title Plan. It is described in the Register as being land outlined in red edging, and so what words do not appropriately describe, particularly where there is no property address, the plan will better describe. It is best practice to obtain a Title Plan at the same time as obtaining a Title Register so as to have a complete description of the property owned.
Title Plans are always drawn to scale. In urban areas the scale is 1:1250 and in rural areas it is 1:2500. The smaller scales of 1:5000 and 1:10000 are used in more remote areas. Title Plans are always printed with north facing upwards, confirmed by a compass drawing on the plan.
Coloured Tints and Hatching
Parcels of land within an ownership that are affected by rights of way or specific covenants are usually tinted are hatched in colours, the meaning of which is shown in the Title Register, which will describe colours, e.g. in the following way:
Sample extract from Title Register referring to coloured tinting in the Title Plan
Colouring Conventions used in Title Plans
Coloured Tints and Coloured Hatching may be used in Title Plans, as follows:
- Brown - Benefit of Easements such as rights of way or rights of drainage
- Pink - Covenants
- Light Blue - Different Covenants
- Light Blue - Burden of Easements
- Yellow - Right of Pre-emption
- Green - Green edging is used to denote land removed from the Title
T marks and H Marks
Title Registers to not often contains T and H marks. When they do, the bar of the T is placed upon the boundary side that has ownership or responsibility for the boundary. H marks denote an equal responsibility. These markings are more often contained in Deed Plans.
Land Registry Title Plans are not designed to be precise. They do not contain measurements, angles, dimensions or any other indication of accuracy, unless the boundary is a Determined Boundary as defined by the Land Registration Act 2002. Otherwise, boundaries are shown in a general way only. Although reasonably accurate their precision fails at the "inches" level.
Many of the Conveyancing Deeds, e.g. conveyances, transfers and agreements, contain plans that have either been professionally created, or hand-drawn. Unlike Title Plans they more often than not contain T and H marks. They frequently contain measurements, also.
Sample Deed Plan containing measurements and boundary notes
Almost every Lease has a Lease Plan attached to it. The detail in a Lease Plan usually surpasses in usefulness the detail in a Title Plan and is accurate in showing the position of car parking spaces, bin stores, shared gardens, common parts of the property, etc.
Lease Plan Extract
Blueprints (House Plans)
Blueprints are the drawings professionally created by architects, structural surveyors and building engineers, usually with the purpose of supporting an application for planning consent or building regulation approval. They are not kept by the Land Registry but by the local authority.