Last edited 01 Jun 2021

General boundaries

Land measurement for planning and development purposes, Guidance Note, Global 1st edition, Published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in May 2021, states: ‘Parts of the UK operate a general boundaries system, which has limitations that need to be understood. The title plan shows the general position of the boundaries; it does not show their exact line. Measurements scaled from such plans may not match measurements between the same points on the ground. When a land registry shows a general boundary on a title plan, it means that somewhere nearby there is an exact legal boundary. Other national systems rely on various forms of determined boundaries (see Boundary).’

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