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Policy Street name and numbering policy

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8. Procedure for new developments

The property developer should not give any postal addresses, including postcode, to potential occupiers, either directly or indirectly (for example via solicitors or estate agents) before formal approval has been issued by us. We will not be liable for any costs or damages caused by failure to comply with this.

Applicants are encouraged to contact us prior to a formal application in order to get advice on our naming policy and the positioning of nameplates.

The applicant or developer may suggest a possible name or names for any new street(s). Several suggestions for names can be made in case we, Royal Mail or the Parish/Town Council object.

Initial approval for street names will be sought from Royal Mail. If Royal Mail objects to a name an alternative will need to be suggested, otherwise Town/Parish Councils suggestions will be the only ones considered.

The proposed street names are then passed to the relevant Town or Parish Council(s) for approval. Town or Parish Councils can at this stage suggest their own names that conform both to our and Royal Mail policies.

While we are the authority for naming streets, in practice we follow the recommendation of the Town or Parish Council, as long as it meets the naming criteria.

Where the Parish or Town Council cannot agree, final approval of street names will be given by the Corporate Director–Central Services in consultation with Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Development Control Committee.

The developer will cover the initial costs of the street nameplates. We will cover maintenance costs once the street has been officially adopted.

Numbering of the new street(s) will be carried out following the guidelines within this policy. All properties on newly named streets will be allocated numbers. All new properties on existing streets will be numbered unless the existing properties on that street all have official dwelling names and no numbers, or in the exceptional circumstances outlined under the section "Guidelines for numbering buildings"

When numbering is complete we will contact all the bodies listing in Appendix A.