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Attached to this law-byte is a plan, a copy of the one issued by the Land Registry. The property will be identified by either a red, or a thick black line. Please check this boundary very carefully, and confirm to us that it is as you expect it to be. Does the boundary line on the plan accurately reflect the way that boundary actually appears when you inspect the property? Are the fences in the right place? Is a boundary straight on the plan and kinked in reality, or vice versa?

It is not unusual for these plans to be wrong. If something strikes you as even vaguely odd about the plan or the boundaries, please tell us. You must be quite sure that it is correct before you ask us to go ahead; we can not normally check these boundaries for you. We do not visit the property.

There are several points that you may notice about the plan:

  • A boundary shown as a dotted line indicates either that there is no physical boundary or that the boundary is to be surveyed by the Land Registry, and confirmed later.
  • If the property is near to an adopted road, then the plan will not show the roadway as being part of the property.
  • If the roadway is private, the plan will usually show the extent of land owned including any part of the roadway.
  • The plan does not show any markings which may have been attached to the original plan in a previous sale, for example, showing rights of way, ownership of fences or otherwise. If you have any questions or doubts about such things, again, please ask.
  • The plans are usually drawn to a scale of 1/1250. The black boundary line on the plan, if multiplied up by 1250 times, would be something up to a yard wide. The 'general boundaries rule' says that the lines on this plan shows a general boundary only. If you need to know the precise location of the boundary, you must refer to the land itself, and the deeds. Where the boundary is marked on the land, that is the correct boundary unless it is challenged, or unless it clearly conflicts with the plan.
  • It is often useful to check the relative position of different parts of the plan, for example, the corner of the house and whether allowing extension direct from the corner or otherwise, to some other feature on the plan, the layout is confirmed..

We recognise that these plans can be confusing. If you have any questions, or need help in interpreting the plan, please just ask. Please remember, that we will not normally ourselves inspect the land.

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