[Talk-GB] Property extents

David Woolley forums at david-woolley.me.uk
Mon Jan 14 11:05:56 UTC 2019

On 14/01/2019 09:03, Jez Nicholson wrote:
> I have summarised this discussion at 
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Property_extents_in_the_United_Kingdom

"A property owner is legally required to maintain property boundaries 
such as fences. This is intended to minimise disputes. So, being able to 
manually survey a reasonable property extent is feasible."

That is either not true, or the law has fallen into disrepute.  With the 
car parkification of front yards, boundary features in front yards are a 
dying species.  That definitely applies to the private/adopted land 
boundary, but also commonly applies to neighbouring properties.

Boundaries of properties fronted on roads technically extend to the 
middle of the road, at least for residential roads, and I have never see 
those marked.

Private/adopted boundaries are often very difficult to see in shopping 
areas, such that most people think that environmental crime is the 
responsibility of the council when it is actually on the shop forecourt, 
and the responsibility of shopowner.  The boundaries between private 
forecourts of shops can be even more difficult to see there may be a 
change in surface, or a single line of block paving at the adopted land 
boundary, but not between shops.

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