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Land registry awards contract for consolidated land charges register

Neil Merrett Published 29 September 2016

Organisation awards contract to consolidate land charge data from 326 councils and provide the information in standardised format


The Land Registry has awarded a contract to PA Consulting to undertake work on creating a consolidated digital register for Local Land Charges (LLC) that brings together separate date held by hundreds of authorities.

As a non ministerial department that records property owners in England and Wales, the organisation has signed a contract to deliver and populate the LLC register until 2023 as a means of providing more standardised and up to date information.

“This will provide a source of LLC information that standardises the format, turnaround time and price of search results,” said the Land Registry.

According to a Land Registry blog post on work to compile data from 326 English local authorities, a team of 19 individuals based in Plymouth will be using agile tools and techniques to try and create an alpha version of the service from this month.

Ian Edmunds, lead architect on the project, said the key aim for the register was to build an automated LLC search function to provide required data in a standardised format and price.

“This will be a purely digital service built in line with government digital standards and deployed in the ‘cloud’ with an aim of completely eliminating any paper processing,” he said.

Customers will be able to inspect any and all charges recorded by a local authority and order the LLC search product, the LLC1, from Land Registry. It will be Land Registry-branded so they’ll be able to buy with confidence.”

The government has completed a consultation around the future structure of the Land Registry and its possible privatisation in some form, but has not yet taken a decision on how it will proceed in light of the new Cabinet put in place by Prime Minister Theresa May. The government had previously favoured ensuring ownership of an "accurate" information register, while privatising the Land Registry.

However, during the consultation stage, the move to potentially privatise the organisation has faced criticism both in the Commons and from groups like the Open Data Institute (ODI) over fears about the potential impacts on the government’s wider commitments to opening up key datasets.

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