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“I own registered land but the boundary shown on the Land Registry’s plan is not the boundary that has been accepted between me and the neighbouring owner. Can I get the Land Registry to change its plan?”

Most Land Registry boundaries shown on the title plans are only general boundaries and do not determine the exact boundary line between properties.

Old title deeds can be useful in determining the precise boundary line between properties and, if there is a potential boundary problem, these should be examined as early as possible. There are complex interpretation rules on whether words in deeds override plans and where boundaries fall generally, so this could be a worthwhile, but lengthy exercise.

The Land Registry use Ordnance Survey maps to plot title plans and the boundary is usually taken to be the centre of the boundary feature – for example, the centre of a boundary wall.

If you have information that makes you certain about the precise boundaries of the property, then you can make an application to the Land Registry for exact boundary lines to be determined. Specific findings from the deeds would help in any such application.

In Derbyshire County Council v Fallon, the council established that the Land Registry had drawn the wrong boundary line on the title plan (as a general boundary) but the Land Registry would not amend the title plan. It did not have to because it was arguable that the local authority might be compensated in damages rather than recovering possession of the disputed land, even though the neighbouring landowner had no formal claim to any title to the disputed area.

Neighbouring landowners can make a joint declaration of where the boundary lies and that might be the best thing for you to do. If a formal land swap is needed, document this so it does not hold up any future conveyancing.

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