4. What is the council’s policy?
Private Streets (not adopted)
Private Streets have to follow the same naming and numbering procedure as adopted streets and nameplates have to be placed in a conspicuous position. The Council is not liable for the provision, installation or maintenance of these nameplates. The developer is responsible for the initial installation and once the properties are sold, the homeowners are jointly liable for maintenance and replacement.
‘Addresses’ created by others
‘Addresses’ created by Developers, the Valuation Office, Council Tax or the Land Registry without reference to Street Naming and Numbering are subject to change.
They do not have the authority to create postal addresses, as this is completed by the Street Naming and Numbering section following the specific guidelines stated in this policy.
The Valuation Office and Council Tax should immediately refer applicants requiring a new address to the Street Naming and Numbering section. Should a description be required to allow them to proceed with their processes, this will not constitute an official postal address. The same applies to any Land Registry description.
The Land Registry does not require a site to have a postal address as a description is sufficient for their needs. They outline the relevant site on an Ordnance Survey map and give it a location description. This is sometimes an official postal address but often it is just a description or is copied from the application form provided. The Naming authority reserves the right to allocate an address, following our policy, to a site which might not be ‘prestigious’ or the same as the one that the Land Registry uses.