Land register completion: a collaborative journey

Blog post by Fiona Mckie, Head of Land Register Completion. In May 2014 ministers invited us to complete Scotland’s land register by 2024, including all public land by 2019. Such ambitious timescales have meant collaboration is key and since that announcement over 4 years ago work has been going on, behind the scenes, to ensure we do everything we can to achieve it. Completing the … Continue reading Land register completion: a collaborative journey

What Scotland’s land and property registers can tell us about our World Heritage Sites

Every year on the 18 April, the UK marks UNESCO’s #WorldHeritageDay to celebrate the history and cultural significance of the listed sites. Scotland has six World Heritage sites and – as our own little nod to Scottish heritage – we’ve delved into our rich land and property registers to see what these digital archives could tell us about some of our most iconic places. The … Continue reading What Scotland’s land and property registers can tell us about our World Heritage Sites

We’re changing the way we categorise Shared Plots

What are we doing? From the 21 January 2019, the types of land we include in shared plot title sheets will change. Currently, we treat all areas of land owned in common as shared plots (subject to exceptions for transitional applications, and areas which fall within tenement steadings). Following the roll-out of our new approach, areas which are essential to the use of the primary … Continue reading We’re changing the way we categorise Shared Plots

Discussing data at the 2018 OSMA summit

Blog post by Alan Howie, Data Architect. What is OSMA and how are we involved? Earlier this month a group of us attended the OSMA summit, a yearly event which brings together all the government organisations that use Ordnance Survey mapping, and addressing data within the One Scotland Mapping Agreement. This year’s event was once again held at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. There was a … Continue reading Discussing data at the 2018 OSMA summit

On our registers: V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum

We’re not going to lie: we love an interesting conveyancing story… and it seems you do too! Last year we shared the curious conveyancing tale behind the University of Glasgow and the Western Infirmary, which which proved to be very popular. So in order to celebrate the grand opening of the most significant Scottish cultural property developments in years, we’re doing the same thing – … Continue reading On our registers: V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum

What is a plans settler… And how do we map Scotland’s land ownership?

Recently, Jennifer — the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland — spent a morning with the First Registration team to learn about ‘plans settling’. But what exactly is plans settling, and what does a ‘plans settler’ do? One of our registration team has lifted the lid for us on what their role involves and how they’re using digital technology to map Scotland’s land ownership. What … Continue reading What is a plans settler… And how do we map Scotland’s land ownership?