Council owned land and properties
This section provides information and frequently asked questions about land and property owned by the Council.
The land and property portfolio of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council comprises over 430 individual assets, with property including the Town Hall, help shops, day centres, leisure centres and a theatre, as well as an operational depot, car parks and public conveniences. The council’s assets include a large quantity of land including parks and recreation grounds, commons, countryside, allotments and cemeteries. The Council also owns or is responsible for certain other community assets such as War Memorials, view War Memorials information.
The Council has a computerised map of the Borough, based on ordnance survey maps, that shows all land owned by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council. Also shown are areas of land that the Council leases from other landowners, land that the Council has sold, and land that forms part of the public highway, which is owned by Surrey County Council. The Council does not have details of land owned by the County Council, other local Councils or private landowners.
For further information about estates management of Council owned land and property please see the Asset Management section of this site.
Council owned buildings or a pieces of land
We can tell you whether we own a building or piece or land, provided the precise location of the property concerned can be accurately described (see below for information we need in order to help you)
Who owns private property
The Land Registry keeps ownership details for all registered land in England and Wales. You can visit their website at www.landregistry.gov.uk or contact them on 0191 301 2345. Please note that the Land Registry will be unable to help you if it turns out that the land concerned is unregistered, in which case you may wish to make enquiries locally with neighbours.
Alternatively, if the land is subject to development proposals you will be able to find details of the planning application on our planning application search. The application details will include the name and address of the applicant and / or their agent.
Information you need to give us before we can tell you whether the council owns a particular property or area of land
We need to know the postal address of the property and / or the boundaries of the land in question. Boundaries are often difficult to describe precisely over the telephone without looking together at a detailed map but we should be able to tell from a telephone enquiry whether the Council owns land nearby. For a more precise answer, a plan showing the exact boundaries of the land can be submitted by fax or post (see contact details at the bottom of the page).
There are no charges at present for individual enquiries. However, dependent upon the future demand for this service, the Council may consider introducing a charge to offset the administrative costs.
How long will it take you to find out the information I have requested?
Again, this will be dependent upon demand and also upon the need for a detailed plan to be submitted to the Council. If the level of enquiries remains manageable, and provided all necessary details have been provided to us, then a telephone response can normally be given within one working day. In certain cases, depending on the complexity of land ownership in the area, reference to the Council's deeds may be required in which case the enquiry may take longer.
Property available to rent or buy
The Council occasionally has land or property available to rent or buy. Please follow this link to view the Property Currently Available to Buy or Let page.
If you are looking for details of sports pitches that the Council has available for hire please contact the Outdoor Leisure Officer in the Parks & Countryside team on 01737 276138 or view information on our sports facilities.
Other commercial property available to rent or buy in the area
Please see the Commercial Space page in the Information for Businesses section of the Planning area of the website.
Please contact the asset management team in the Property Services department. See our contact details.
Last updated : 10/08/2009