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07/11/2017

Commercial ownership data made free

Data on land in England and Wales free / iStock

HM Land Registry has announced that data on land and property in England and Wales will be made freely available.

If the registered legal owner is a UK company, corporate body or overseas company, the information will be free to access.

The data contains more than three million rows of information and includes the company’s name, address, price paid and country of incorporation.

HM Land Registry is offering citizens and organisations the opportunity to scrutinise the records and discover which companies own land and property in England and Wales.

Today’s release removes existing cost barriers that have previously restricted the use of this data. The aim is to support growth in the property technology (PropTech) sector, and among small and medium-sized enterprises.

Chief executive at HM Land Registry Graham Farrant said: “We are continually striving to make the best use of our hugely valuable data.

“We will be releasing more datasets in high-quality and accessible formats to enable them to be used by anyone with an interest in land and property, supporting the growing digital economy and adding to the nation’s geospatial intelligence.”

HM Registry will require registration to access its data to safeguard against fraud and possible misuse of the service.

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