Owners urged to register their land

MORE than 20,000 hectares of land have been registered with the Land Registry by owners across Northumberland in the past year – the equivalent of 20,000 football pitches.

MORE than 20,000 hectares of land have been registered with the Land Registry by owners across Northumberland in the past year – the equivalent of 20,000 football pitches.

Now other landowners are being urged to follow suit to take advantage of a voluntary land registration scheme that will offer them more certainty and security about what they own. The initiative is part of a drive by the Land Registry – the government department responsible for registering land ownership in England and Wales – to help landowners identify and register what they own.

Around 38% of England and Wales remains unregistered. In Northumberland the figure is just over 35% as an additional 20,328 hectares have been added to the register in the past 12 months. In the North-East the figure is almost 40,000 hectares, bringing the percentage of land that remains unregistered in the region down to 33%.

The Berwick area has seen the largest increase in Northumberland, with almost 7,500 hectares registered, followed by Tynedale at just over 6,700 and Castle Morpeth at just under 2,400. However, almost 180,000 hectares across Northumberland remain unregistered.

Harry Charlton, Register development manager for the North-East, said: “We have seen an increase in the amount of land registered in County Durham of more than 15,000 hectares and of almost 40,000 hectares in the NorthEast as a whole.

“We’re delighted so many have recognised the value of registration and would welcome inquiries from as many landowners as possible. We have a straightforward and cost-effective system for checking and registering who owns what and we’re currently offering a 25% discount on the costs for those who voluntarily register their land.”

State-backed registration gives landowners greater security of title, providing them with better protection against claims of adverse protection. Landowners also know the administration of their land holding is in good order with key information in one place and easy to access. To find out more about the voluntary registration scheme visit www.landregistry.gov.uk; call 0800 432-0432 or email registerland@landregistry.gsi.gov.uk

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