Councils catch up with cost of naming streets
|Author: Eleanor Roberts||Published: 26th January 2018 09:39|
As this region experiences a period of housing growth, two councils are ensuring the cost of naming and numbering new streets does not impact other services.
From Thursday, 1 February 2018 both South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) and Cherwell District Council will introduce a £25 charge for naming new streets and numbering new homes.
Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC's portfolio holder for planning and environment, said: “We have a duty to charge no more than the cost of providing the service, but our officers are spending an increasing amount of time processing requests.
“We’ve been able to charge for the service since 2003, and developers will deal with more councils which charge than don’t.”
As well as charging for the naming and numbering of new streets, a £25 charge will also be placed on requests to change house names, and there will be a £30 charge for miscellaneous enquiries, such as those from solicitors confirming official addresses as part of a property purchase.
Once a developer has submitted a layout for a development to be addressed, the council gathers street name suggestions from the parish or town council.
After a period of negotiation over the street names between the parish or town council and the local SNC ward member, SNC issues an official address for each property which is then passed onto essential and emergency service providers and Royal Mail, which issues a postcode.
Depending on the number of addresses for each development and the meeting calendar for town and parish councils, the process can take between four and eight weeks.