Street naming and numbering conventions


  • New street names should not duplicate any similar already in use in the borough.
  • Phonetic similarity with existing names in the borough should be avoided.
  • The use of names of persons who are still living should be avoided.
  • We encourage themes or names that reflect the characteristics and industries of the borough.
  • Street names should not be difficult to spell or pronounce.
  • Suffixes should reflect layout of streets, e.g. 'Crescent' for a crescent shaped road, 'Close' only for a cul-de-sac, etc.

Building naming and numbering

  • New streets should be numbers with even numbers on the right hand side and odd numbers on the left going into the road.
  • Cul-de-sacs should be numbered consecutively in a clockwise direction.
  • It will be acceptable for the number 13 to be avoided.
  • Buildings (including those on corners) are numbered according to the street in which the main entrance is to be found.
  • A named building will have only one number in a street. Flats in such a building will be called e.g. Flat 1, The House, Number The Street etc.
  • Where blocks of flats do not have names the flats can be numbered in the street where the main entrance to the block is situated. The individual flats should be numbered off the staircase in the order that a person walking into the building and up the staircase would encounter them.
  • Where new houses, etc. are built in an established residential area where the houses either side have already been numbered they will be given the number of the lower numbered existing house plus A, B, C, etc. going towards the higher numbered existing house.
  • Short streets (typically cul-de-sacs) with only a few houses (say five or less) should be numbered in the main street.