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Services For Public Authorities

Whose Land Scotland can assist public authorities, including councils, health service trusts and utilities service providers, to modernise the titles to the land they own. We can help them to establish correct legal boundaries and assist with Land Registration applications, putting their landholdings onto the 21st century OS based and publicly accessible Land Register of Scotland.

Why Do Public Authorities Need This Service?

Public authorities often have varied and diverse land portfolios, with land having vested in the organisation over many years and from many different sources. In many cases the land was first acquired by predecessors and passed to its current owners through local authority reorganisation or the transfer of statutory functions. In many cases it is not easy to determine what is still owned and by who, nor what the correct boundaries of the land may now be.

A public authority’s legal title to its land may not therefore be easy to establish in some cases. Most publicly owned land in Scotland is not currently registered in the OS based Land Register of Scotland, so its extent is not always mapped and easily determined. However, on 25 May 2014 the Scottish Ministers asked the Keeper of the Land Register of Scotland to complete that Register in ten years, by 2024, with all public sector land to be registered within five years, by 2019. Public authorities do not therefore have long to arrange for the voluntary registration (transfer to the Land Register) of the titles to their landholdings.

How We Can Help

We can find you the titles to your authority’s land, assist you to establish correct legal boundaries, and submit voluntary Land Registration applications.

Contact us today for a free, no-commitment discussion about what challenges you are having and how we can help you.

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