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GeoPlace receives OFT approval

Posted: 15 February 2011

Competition officials have cleared government plans to create a definitive national address database for England and Wales.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has given the green light to plans unveiled by Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in December 2010. The OFT approval will result in addressing information from local government and Ordnance Survey being brought together to create one definitive source of accurate spatial address data for England and Wales.

To enable the delivery, and management, of the address database Ordnance Survey and the Local Government Group have created a joint venture called GeoPlace LLP.

Over the next few weeks GeoPlace will continue to work on its plans with an aim of being fully operational in April 2011. It is anticipated that data resulting from the partnership will be made available in the summer/early autumn of 2011. Further press statements will be issued as appropriate.

Read the Office of Fair Trading press release here.
Full text of the OFT judgement can be found here

For further information, please contact:
Steven Brandwood

Programme Manager

Local Government Information House

telephone: 020 7296 6615

mobile: 07884 312 242

email: [email protected]

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