Street naming and numbering

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3. Guidelines for naming a street or a building

The main rules for naming streets and buildings are that addresses are clear, unambiguous and logical. A new street name should be different to anything already in use in the area and should not be difficult to pronounce or awkward to spell.

Where possible, they should try to reflect the history, heritage or geography of the local area.

All new street names should end with one of the following suffixes:

Street, Road, Way, Avenue, Drive, Place, Grove, Mead, Vale, Meadow, Rise, Crescent, Close, Court, Square, Hill, Path, Lane, Walk

The use of a name that relates to some alive or deceased will need the written agreement from the named person, their family or estate administrators.

Street names that could be seen as advertising or are offensive will be rejected.

Where a road is in two parts, the use of North, South, East and West in street names should be avoided (eg North Road East and North Road West). It is preferred that two different road names are used.

Phonetically similar names within a postal town area should be avoided.

Historic street naming and numbering practises have meant some streets close to each other have the same name but different suffix. For example Brunel Road, Brunel Avenue, Brunel Close. National advice from government is that this should be avoided. Proposals to name new roads in an area using a differing suffix will normally be refused.