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Carlisle City Council joins LLC Register

22/04/20

Mark Say Managing Editor

Carlisle City Council has become the latest local authority to join the central Local Land Charges (LLC) Register.

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HM Land Registry, which operates the register, said the change went live on 21 April and that searches should now be run through the channel rather than going to the council.

Councillor Gareth Ellis, Carlisle’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for finance, governance and resources, said: “We are pleased to have worked with HM Land Registry to transform our paper based LLC1 records – made up of tens of thousands of charges, including 51 charges affecting Hadrian’s Wall alone – into a single, digital service.

“By updating, transforming and migrating our local land charges data to the central register, we have ensured that all those buying or selling, leasing or remortgaging property across Carlisle have instant access to our local land charges data.

“Our aim throughout has been, and continues to be, helping our residents and businesses to conduct their property transactions smoothly and efficiently.”

Slow pace

The move brings the number of councils using the service to 10. Take-up has been slow since it was launched in July 2018, with Land Registry having previously attributed this to data quality issues among many authorities.

Announcing the Carlisle migration, the agency said it is working with a number of English local authorities to help them follow.

It designed the LLC Register as a central digital resource for land and property searches in place of those managed by local authorities.

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