New development - information for developers

If you are a developer, you should contact the Address Management Team before you commence work on site.

A single or small development will usually be named or numbered within the existing street. If the property is within a numbered road and there is no spare number available, then often A B C suffixes are used along with the adjoining numbers (for example 12A, 12B, 12C...).

If the street has named properties, then the development plot numbers will be used initially to register the property address and subsequently, when the new owner chooses a name, we will follow our standard process of Property Name Change. The information is then sent to public utilities, emergency services, Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and relevant Council services. You will also be sent a copy of the registered address from which we would ask you to inform your prospective purchasers of their new property address.

If you are a developer of a large estate, you should contact us as soon as you commence work on site so that we can process the naming of any new streets and the numbering of your new properties without delay. We will check your suggested street names for duplication in the local area and forward them to Royal Mail and the Town/Parish Council for consultation.

When we have an agreed name, we will then register the street name/s and prepare a numbering schedule. The information is then sent to public utilities, emergency services, Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and relevant Council services.

You will also be sent a copy of the naming and numbering schedule from which we would ask you to inform all your prospective purchasers of their new property address. Where appropriate, you will be asked to provide new street nameplates to our standard design. Cheshire East Council can carry out this service and a cost will be provided at the appropriate time.

We will need you to supply:

  • a written request to name and number the new streets on the development
  • a location plan
  • a site layout, preferably in CAD/GIS format e.g. .dwg or .shp or .tab format
  • if possible written confirmation of the final layout for the purposes of numbering the plots (If this is not possible we will be happy to number the plots as you confirm them)
  • an approximate date of when occupation is expected
  • suggestions for the names of any new streets you would like to be considered (If you prefer the Council to propose street names we will be happy to arrange this)

This information will help us to provide an efficient service to you the developer and your customers.

Street naming applications 

Property naming applications

New housing estates/blocks of flats/office blocks

Please complete development details and plot details, save your file and email to addressmanagement@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Activation of postcodes

Royal Mail enters all new properties, name changes and amendments on their "Not yet built" file. This data is not added to the Postal Address File on their web site until the postcode is activated. A postcode can be activated when the property is complete and ready for mail delivery.

Royal Mail requires confirmation that the properties are completed/occupied before additions are made to the Postal Address File. This can cause problems for utility connections which are required prior to completion and occupation. Royal Mail will not add an address to the Postcode Address File unless it receives postal deliveries.

It is the applicants/developers responsibility to notify Royal Mail to activate the postcodes. As the development proceeds contact the Address Development Centre at Sunderland on 08456 04 50 60 (Option 3) or fax 08456 05 44 33 to activate the postcodes for connection of services or on completion/occupation of each plot.

Allocation and activation of postcodes