Mapping development sites has become much more difficult since the Land Registry stopped producing plotted index map search plan results. We've seen numerous examples of developers having multiple attempts to produce site plans which match the Land Registry terrier plan.
The problem is that the Land Registry will no longer produce a plotted plan as a matter of course reconciling the developer's submitted plan and the index map and when requested will only produce a mark up based upon an illustrative plan. Results are therefore not conclusive. In the face of this difficulty we always recommend that developers ensure their architects and surveyors appointments require them to produce plans which are consistent with Land Registry terriers and if necessary that they will agree to produce plans on a GIS basis.
On a macro level we'd urge the Land Registry to think about reinstating the old plotting search result service. If not then perhaps privatisation of this service as has been trialled elsewhere is the answer.
Privatised land title offices can harness new technologies to provide a better service It’s highly likely that all Australians buying or selling property or subdividing land will soon be dealing with privately operated land title registries. Both sides of politics in Australia appear supportive of privatising these registries. The New South Wales Liberal government privatised the operation of its land registry in 2016. The South Australian Labor government did so earlier this year. Now, Victorians await Treasurer Tim Pallas’ decision on whether that state’s Labor government will follow suit. The robust titling systems in Australia’s states and territories are key contributors to the country’s economy. Secure registries provide the foundation on which the enormous wealth in real estate rests. Mortgage lenders rely on the low risk resulting from a state guarantee of title in securing real estate loans.