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Street naming and numbering

Street naming and numbering guidance

New street or building names should not duplicate any similar name already in use in a borough or neighbouring boroughs. A variation in the suffix, such as 'street', 'road' or 'avenue', should not be accepted as sufficient reason to duplicate a name.

Names of more than three syllables should be avoided and this precludes the use of two words except in special cases.

Subsidiary names, such as a row of buildings within an already named road being called 'Terrace' or 'Parade', should only be used in roads of short length.

Avoid having two phonetically similar sounding names within a postal area or within a borough, such as Churchill Road and Birch Hill Road.

Avoid misleading or unsuitable names such as Tip House, Access Way, or names open to misinterpretation like 'Tennis Court' or 'Dead End Road'

No street or building name to start with 'The'.

Acceptable street names

The use of North, East, South or West (as in Alfred Road North and Alfred Road South) is only acceptable where the road is continuous and passes over a major junction.

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

  • Street
  • Avenue
  • Boulevard
  • Broadway
  • Circus
  • Close
  • Crescent
  • Dene
  • Drive
  • Gardens
  • Grove
  • Hill
  • Lane
  • Mead
  • Mews
  • Place
  • Reach
  • Rise
  • Road
  • Row
  • Square
  • Vale
  • View
  • Way
  • Wharf
  • Yard


The following suffixes are not acceptable:

  • End
  • Court
  • Cross
  • Side
  • Path
  • Walk
  • Park
  • Meadow
  • Gate
  • Common

Acceptable building names

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

  • Apartments
  • Building(s)
  • Centre
  • Court
  • Heights
  • House
  • Lodge
  • Mansions
  • Point
  • Studio(s)
  • Tower
  • Villas

For private houses the name should not repeat the name of any other road or any other house or building in the surrounding area.