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Chorley Council Addresses the Changing Face of the High Street

Posted: 17 January 2011

Chorley Council is using an award winning specially developed web application to access up to date and accurate information about commercial premises.
This information is then used to monitor town centre vacancies and proactively target potential tenants.
Having completed a project to match data from the Valuation Office Agency with the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) Chorley realised that commercial premises data held in the gazetteer and the Council's Non Domestic Rates database could be utilised by other teams within the Council. The Town Centre Management team can now access commercial property details such as the business name of the property, type of property and property state helping to reduce the amount of time properties are standing vacant.
"As the current economic climate continues to bite, one of the most visible impacts is the changing face of our high streets and town centres," commented Paul Sudworth, Information Manager, Chorley Borough Council. "By giving the Town Centre Management team access to up to date and accurate property specific information they can monitor the situation and better match interested tenants with suitable properties."

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Notes to editors:
The NLPG is a joint venture between all local authorities in England and Wales, the Local Government Information House, part of the Local Government Group and Intelligent Addressing Limited.
Intelligent Addressing is an information management specialist and data provider, focusing on land and property data, particularly addresses. As well as being the joint venture partner with local government in the development of the NLPG, IA also manages the national datasets for local government; the NLPG and the National Street Gazetteer (NSG). Data is an essential yet high-cost resource to maintain. IA helps organisations find, utilise and manage the information that they need and provides services to any organisation that depends on the accuracy, manageability and versatility of its information.
Local Government Information House is part of the Local Government Group. LGIH concentrates on core projects that have maximum benefit for the whole of local government. To this end, LGIH focuses on geographical information-related projects, as the standardisation of this type of data affects more than 80 per cent of what local government does. LGIH acts as an intermediary between the public and the private sector enabling it to negotiate with private companies on behalf of local authorities in order to provide key parts of a technical infrastructure for improved service delivery.
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