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About Council-owned land and premises

Can you tell me whether the land or premises next to my house is Council owned?

Yes, provided the precise location of the land / premises concerned can be accurately described (see below for information we need in order to help you).

What if I want to know who owns private property?

You need to contact the Land Registry on 0191 301 3500 to obtain the relevant enquiry form. Please note the Land Registry will be unable to assist you if it turns out that the land concerned is unregistered, in which case you may wish to make enquires locally with neighbours. Alternatively, if the land is subject to development proposals Development Management will be able to provide information on recent planning applications received.

What information do I need to give you before you can tell me whether the Council owns a particular property or area of land?

It is often difficult to accurately describe an area of land over the telephone. As such enquires are encouraged in writing with an accompanying plan. Personal visits, arranged in advance, can review the land terrier and assistance will be given in respect of land ownership. Contact details are listed below.

Is there a charge for this information?

Not at present. However, dependent upon the future demand for this service, we may consider introducing a charge to offset Land Registry and administrative costs.

How long will it take you to find out the information I have requested?

This will be dependent upon the level of detail requested and the accuracy of the information supplied and in particular the need for a detailed plan. Generally a written response will be provided within 10 working days. Where this time scale is likely to be exceeded you will be informed accordingly.