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Street Naming & Numbering

It is the council's statutory responsibility to allocate official addresses in the Malvern Hills area. 

If you want to obtain addresses for a new development, redevelopment, conversion or if you wish to change your house name, you can use the on-line form to apply.

Changes to existing addresses

If you would like to give your property a name or if you wish to change its name you can apply to do so using the on-line form.  Please note, if your property uses an existing number the name will be an addition to the address and the property number must be retained otherwise this will causes difficulties with deliveries and for the Emergency Services.

Checks will be made to ensure there is no duplication with a nearby property before the name is made official.

New Streets

If you are a developer you should notify us of new roads and register new addresses with us as soon as possible and certainly before the properties are occupied.  Failure to do so will mean delays when you register for council tax or utility services.

New street names must comply with the following criteria which is based upon national standards.  To ensure your name is approved please consider carefully whether it meets the requirements otherwise it will be rejected and you will be asked to provide another.  Preference will always be given to street names that refer to the local character, proven history and heritage of the local area and to the identified development site in particular.  You must provide evidence of how the name meets this criterion.  If you are having trouble selecting a name we can help you by providing a list of names compiled by the County Archaeology Service. 

We also encourage you to choose a name which is locally supported; you may want to consider discussion with the parish council prior to submitting your name, particularly if there is strong local feeling regarding a development.

The Criteria

  • Names should be historically relevant to the site; continuity with local history is intrinsically of value.
  • Names cannot be explicit or rude, or cause offence.
  • Names cannot be subject to copyright or promote an existing company.  Names associated with the Crown must have approval from Buckingham Palace.
  • Street names may not contain numbers as words such as ‘Seven Limes Road’.
  • Street names which cause confusion in their spelling should be avoided
  • Names commemorating individuals will not be considered until 10 years post mortem, and with the full support of their estate.  Names of living individuals are not permitted, family names connected with a site will be considered subject to various checks.
  • Proposed names must not be similar to existing street names in the same postal town area.  Existing street names which are not in the same postal town but in close proximity should also be avoided. Street names cannot have the same name with a different suffix (eg, Birch Road, Birch Lane, Birch Street).  Checking in a local A-Z should help identify whether there duplications or similar names in the area.

Please note, this list is not exhaustive and further checks will be made by Street Naming and Numbering Officers.  You should include supporting evidence for any name submitted to demonstrate its origin. 

To increase the chances that your submission is acceptable we encourage you to send in more than one choice of name at a time.  They should be ranked in order of preference.

The Process

  • A name(s) is submitted from the developer (this is the start of a four week legal process)
  • We carry out checks on the name to confirm its suitability.
    If the name does not pass our checks another name is requested.  Up to three separate submissions are possible, after that the authority reserves the right to select a name of its own choosing.
  • The suitable candidate is submitted for comment to ward councillors and parish/town councils.   
  • At the end of the four week process, unless the name is demonstrated to not meet the criteria you will be notified that it has been accepted. 
  • We will notify Royal Mail to obtain a postcode and notify a number of other bodies such as Ordnance Survey, the emergency services and utility companies.

The council is not responsible for allocating postal codes, this is the responsibility of Royal Mail and any queries relating to this should be directed to their customer services.  The authority must notify new addresses to Royal Mail before a postcode can be assigned.

Your new address will be entered in the Council address system which is submitted to the national address database, the National Land and Property Gazetteer.

The local authority reserves the right to name new streets under special conditions including: the repeated failure of external proposers to submit acceptable names, and in large scale developments with a substantial quantity of new roads, in agreement with site owners/developers.

Any queries should be sent in writing to Street Naming and Numbering Officer, The Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern WR14 3AF or via e-mail or by contacting the hub on 01684 862151.

Malvern Hills District Council formally adopted the street naming and numbering procedures in the Public Health Act 1925 in 2004.  The council’s policy is also advised by the Town Improvement Clauses Act, Section 64 and 65 and based upon the data entry conventions and best practice for the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG).  The NLPG is owned and licenced by the Local Government Information House and is an implementation of the British Standard, BS 7666:2006 Parts 1 and 2.

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This page was last reviewed 14 January 2014 at 11:57 by Caroline Cherrington.
The page is next due for review 13 July 2014.
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