City and County of Swansea Council has become the first of the 22 Welsh local authorities to migrate its data to the register of Local Land Charges (LLC) run by the Land Registry.
Four other local authorities have also joined, bringing the total number to 39. They are:
- Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
- Isle of Wight Council
- Portsmouth City Council
- Harborough District Council
The Land Registry said this was a product of acceleration in local authority data transformation.
HM Land Registry’s Director of Transformation Karina Singh said: “We are delighted that Swansea’s Local Land Charges service is the first Welsh local authority to join the central digital register. The Swansea and HM Land Registry teams have worked closely together to cleanse and transform the data at speed. Homebuyers and their conveyancers will now benefit from instant access data, provided in the digital, standard format. This also lays the ground for Ministers’ wider ambitions for quicker planning decisions as part of the levelling up agenda.”
Mark Kelso, Programme Director for HM Land Registry’s Local Land Charges Programme, said: “This has been a momentous week for the LLC programme. Five local authorities have joined the national service, including our first Welsh local authority. This is a significant achievement and really shows how the programme is gathering pace and the strength of the collaboration between the programme and local authorities across England and Wales.”
Customers will need to continue to submit CON29 enquiries to the local authority.