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New Properties get flying start

Posted: 16 August 2007

Government has said that it wants to see 3 million new family homes built by 2020.
Apart from the expected role of local authorities have in planning and building control, there is one other little known aspect they look after - that is the names of the streets and the numbering of houses and flats.
Apart from the complexities of agreeing street names and getting appropriate numbering schemes (councils wouldn't want to name a street after a notable person who is later shamed for one reason, and yes people still do have an issue with the purchase of number 13), you wouldn't have thought there would be an issue...
But there is an issue if you are trying to order things electronically or need a credit rating or trying to have furniture delivered to a brand new property. Indeed insurance companies cannot organise cover unless they have a valid address. Plus the Post Office needs to know where to deliver your post.
Step forward local government's very own national system of producing names and numbers for property, from the Improvement and Development Agency, called NLPG âAdvance'. Building on the success of a seven year project to build and maintain a definitive list of addresses by local government. Local councils will now have the ability to distribute new address information via the NLPG Advance online facility to the 40 or so different organisations a typical council informs of new properties. This service will make the process more efficient for all address users.
The NLPG process also provides standardised information on properties for use by other public bodies, such as the police and fire services.
16 August 2007

Notes to Editors:
The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) The IDeA works in partnership with all councils, to enhance the performance of the best, accelerate the speed of improvement of the rest, and develop the sector as a whole. IDeA has brokered the Mapping Services Agreement (MSA) with Intelligent Addressing to develop the NLPG and NSG, through the Local Government Information House (LGIH), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Agency.
The NLPG was initiated in 1999 to become the master address dataset for England and Wales and the central hub for the 376 address creating Local Authorities and their Local Land and Property Gazetteers (LLPGs).
Intelligent Addressing is a specialist private sector consultancy (an SME) employing recognised experts in addressing. It was originally set up to help develop the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) on behalf of local government and now manages the NLPG and NSG central data hubs under the terms of the Mapping Services Agreement (MSA) with local government.
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