Street naming and numbering policy
Naming streets and numbering properties
3.1 While the Council is the authority for naming streets the applicant or developer will be asked to suggest names for any new street(s).
3.2 Following commencement of works on site, the developer will be requested to complete an application form (see Appendix B) and submit the relevant fee (see Appendix G), supplying three preferred names for consideration for each of the new streets being constructed or to indicate that they do not wish to put forward any names (in which case the Council will decide the names in consultation with the Parish and or Ward Councillors and Portfolio Holder). Please note that any suggested street name should have some connection with the area where possible and must conform to the guidelines set out below (see section 4). The developer is requested to supply a layout plan with plot numbers of the site with the street name application.
3.3 Within 5 working days following receipt of the developer’s three preferred names, that conform to the Council’s policy guidelines, the appropriate Ward Member(s) and/or Parish/Town Council will be consulted. The period allowed for consultation shall be 14 days from the date of the covering letter to the Ward Member(s) and /or Parish/Town Council. The stipulated ‘deadline’ date will be strictly adhered to, due to the legally imposed time limit (see The Public Health Act 1925).
3.4 If as a result of the consultation there is agreement on one or more of the preferred names the Street Naming and Numbering Officer in consultation with the relevant Portfolio Holder will select one of those preferred names, the properties within the new street will be numbered, an official plan produced and distributed to the developer, Royal Mail and other relevant bodies (listed in Appendix D). 4
3.5 If no response is received from consultees by the specified ‘deadline’ date, then the Street Naming and Numbering Officer in consultation with the relevant Portfolio Holder will select one of the three preferred names, the properties within the new street will be numbered, an official plan produced and distributed to the developer, Royal Mail and other relevant bodies.
3.6 If none of the offered names are considered acceptable by the Ward Members and/or Parish/Town Council and within the stipulated ‘deadline’ date, or they have put forward their own preferred name, the Street Naming and Numbering Officer in consultation with the relevant Portfolio Holder will immediately inform the developer, by a written notice of objection to their preferred name.
3.7 In serving a written notice of objection, the developer will be asked to accept the name put forward by the Ward Members and or Parish/Town Council. If the developer declines, they have under Section 17(4) of The Public Health Act 1925, the legal right to appeal to a Magistrates’ Court within 21 days of the service of the notice of objection. In such circumstances the Council will have to defend the case before the Magistrates’ Court.
3.8 The developer will be responsible for the cost and installation of street nameplates. Maintenance of street nameplates becomes the Council’s responsibility once a street has been adopted. It is not lawful to erect a street nameplate until the Council has confirmed the street name in writing.