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Addressing new properties and naming new streets

Overview

Streets that are created as a result of new building development are given names either by the district council or some town / parish councils under delegated powers.

A single property/small development - numbering the property

If you are a developer of a new property (single or small development), you should contact us as soon as you start work on site. A single or small development will usually be numbered in accordance with the numerical order in the existing street. If the property is within a numbered road, then often suffixes are used along with the adjoining number (for example 12A, 12B, 12C...).

If the street has unnumbered, named properties, then the development will not be registered until there is agreement between the owner and the Council on an appropriate name.

Once a development has been named and/or numbered, the information is sent to Royal Mail, public utilities, emergency services, Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and relevant council services. You will also be sent a copy of the registered address from which we would ask you to inform your purchasers of their new property address.

Developing a large estate - naming and numbering new streets

If you are a developer of a large estate, you should contact us as soon as you commence work on site so that we can process the naming of any new streets and the numbering of your new properties without delay.

Developers are advised to have had the street naming and numbering scheme approved before any utilities are required on site. If incorrect addressing is assumed by the developer, it is extremely difficult to have the utility company records corrected. We will take no responsibility for a developer submitting incorrect information to the utility companies.

When we have an agreed name (following the required consultation process), we will then register the street name/s and prepare a numbering schedule. The information is then sent to Royal Mail, public utilities, emergency services, Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and relevant council services.

You will also be sent a copy of the naming and numbering schedule from which we would ask you to inform all your prospective purchasers of their new property address. Where appropriate, you will be asked to provide new street name plates to our standard design.

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