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Policy Street name and numbering policy

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7. Guidelines for numbering buildings

 A new street should be numbered with even numbers on one side and odd numbers on the other except that, for a cul-de-sac, consecutive numbering in a clockwise direction is preferred.

Additional properties in streets which are currently numbered will always be allocated a property number.

Private garages and similar buildings used for housing cars and similar will not be numbered.

A proper sequence shall be maintained, with the number 13 not normally omitted unless specifically requested. Once numbered we will not normally re-number properties. We will only renumber a property where there can be shown to be consistent delivery problems.

Buildings (including those on corner sites) are numbered according to the street in which the main entrance is to be found and the manipulation of numbering in order to secure a "prestige" address or to avoid an address, which is thought to have undesired associations will not be sanctioned.

If a multiple occupancy building has entrances in more than one street, then each entrance can be numbered in the appropriate road if required.

In residential buildings (example, blocks of flats) it is usual to give a street number to each dwelling where the block is up to six storeys in height. When the block exceeds this height or there are not sufficient numbers available because of existing development, it should be given a name and numbered separately internally. Such names will be treated in the same way as house names.

We will use numbers followed by letters where there is no alternative. For example these are needed when one large house in a road is demolished and replaced by a number of smaller houses. To include the new houses in the numbered road sequence would involve renumbering all the higher numbered houses on that side of the road. To avoid this each new house should be given the number of the old house with either A, B, C or D added. Letters will also be used if the new development were to lie prior to the numbering scheme commencing. For example, if 4 houses were built prior to the first property number 2. The new dwellings would become 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D. This is to aid emergency service response and mail delivery.

We will endeavour to avoid using suffixes to numbers wherever possible. For new developments where additional properties have been requested after initial numbering we will renumber the entire street. This will incur a per property charge.

Individual houses in existing unnumbered roads will normally require property names. For an infill of two or more properties accessed via a private drive, where we feel it is appropriate, we will agree with the developer a ‘sub-road’ name, for example 1 – 4 Curlew Cottages, High Street.

Where a property has a number, it must be used and displayed. Where a name has been given to a property together with its official number, the number must always be included. The name cannot be regarded as an alternative. This is enforceable under section 65 of the Town Improvement Clauses Act 1847. We do not need to be informed of name changes to properties that have official numbers and do not normally store such property names on our systems.

This applies both to domestic and commercial property. This is to ensure consistency of records over time, reduce costs and aid delivery of mail and emergency service response.

We will enforce numbering of properties without numbers, for example in streets where all properties have names or those where numbers are not being displayed where this causes serious mail delivery problems or emergency service response issues.