The Council for the National Land Information Service (C-NLIS) has launched a number of trials aimed at determining how access to base or unrefined land and property information held in local authorities can be provided electronically. Working with a number of partners, including Northgate Information Solutions and the NLIS Hub, initial explorative work has begun in eight local authorities. The local authorities participating are:

•    London Borough of Islington
•    London Borough of Croydon
•    London Borough of Lambeth
•    London Borough of Camden
•    Liverpool City Council
•    Guildford Borough Council
•    Woking Borough Council
•    West Oxfordshire Borough Council

The original idea for the project came out of the Office of Fair Trading's Market Study into Property Searches which recommended that such data be made available and the introduction of the Home Information Packs this month has added further momentum.

Alex Fraser, chief executive of C-NLIS commented “C-NLIS is excited to be taking the lead in investigating how such data could be delivered electronically. We have been given support for our work from Communities and Local Government and we have been delighted with the response that we have received thus far from local authorities and from the private sector. Once we have collected sufficient data, we will consult widely with interested parties on how best to take this initiative forward and how to make access to this data a practical reality on a national scale.”

The local authority data will be made available in manual and electronic format through NLIS, other mediums and independent portals.
www.c-nlis.org.uk