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Building the Foundations for Property Expansion

Posted: 17 July 2013

Cambridge City Council has worked in partnership with South Cambridgeshire District Council to develop a new Street Naming and Numbering (SNN) Policy, which is sensitive to the naming requirements of each council.

Designed to streamline the inter-Council workings involved in a projected development of 18,000 new properties, the new policy focuses on local communities becoming involved in suggesting street names for the new developments.

Prior to the development of the new policy, Cambridge City Council had no formal policy for SNN so took the opportunity to additionally investigate charges for the service and specifically to introduce a section relating to joint working with neighbouring authorities.

Consultation meetings were held between the two councils focusing on a seamless, integrated approach, new and improved guidance for both the public and developers, standard charges for the service, and simplified application forms.

The consultation also saw officers of both Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council working closely to establish a list of proposed street names. Once this was achieved, further joint working was established with one authority consulting with Royal Mail and the other with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service to produce a definitive list that could be used for street names by either authority.

This new and improved SNN guidance has been made available for both the public and developers via the council's website.

Speaking of the new policy, Construction Monitoring Officer at Cambridge City Council, Nick Milne, said, "The creation of the policy has enabled a closer working relationship with South Cambridgeshire District Council, and has improved work flow and procedures relating to SNN and our local address dataset."

"Importantly, all new street names reflect the character and history of the area where new building is being undertaken and the new policy is sensitive to the naming requirements of each council - local residents and history groups for Cambridge City and the parish councils for South Cambridgeshire District Council."

To find out more about street naming and numbering, visit www.geoplace.co.uk

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