Although we do not usually carry new product announcements in the Orange Rag, we are making an exception here, as you need to see the picture – see below – to really understand the significance.

Getmapping (a leading provider of aerial photography and digital mapping) has launched Aerial Insight – a new online service that delivers Land Registry title plans, aerial photography, plus a composite of the two, within one day of purchase. The service is expected to appeal to conveyancers, lenders and property portfolio managers as Aerial Insight provides crucial information about a property and its surroundings that a plan alone cannot.

Although a Land Registry title plan shows the extent of a property in the context of a map of the local area, it is difficult to ascertain any other details. By providing an aerial photograph of the same area and a composite with the title plan superimposed on top, it is possible to see many details that a title plan cannot display. The composite image will enable the viewer to see property boundaries, which can help with boundary disputes or identify little strips of private land, which might prevent access to the highway or additional land suited for development. Often referred to as ransom strips, these are retained by landowners and developers who wish to control or profit from future use for access.

“The real value of Aerial Insight is that it can reveal the true nature of the area, in which the property is situated,” said Tristram Cary, managing director of Getmapping. “The image composite will reveal the nature and character of the property and its surroundings and more importantly provide conveyancing professionals with the ability to spot potential problems or legal issues. It will also prove useful to those marketing the property as buyers will be interested to know whether a property is in a leafy suburb, set in rural farmland or close to an industrial site.”

Aerial Insight is available from the Getmapping website, delivered by email as a layered PDF file. Of course it is unfortunate that the service has been launched in the middle of a conveyancing recession – but there again it is probably more important than ever to ensure you are not buying a pig in a poke.
www.getmapping.com



The photo shows, from right to left, the Land Registry title plan, the aerial photograph and the composite. Of particular note are the close proximity of the A303 (bottom left), six bungalows opposite the property not shown on the title plan and the garage associated with the property (bottom right) including the access area in front for which the selected property has responsibility.