The National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) has been launched as the first definitive address list for England and Wales, providing unique identification of every property in almost real time.
Based on the BS7666 national standard, every property (including multi-tenancy) will have a Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN), an associated postcode and national grid reference. The UPRN is validated against council tax and can be used as the master database for the provision of services by the different departments within local authorities.
The NLPG is the result of a collaboration between the local government Improvement and Development Agency (IdeA) and Intelligent Addressing, its commercial partner. The NLPG will be 100 per cent compatible with its sister project in Scotland, the National Gazetteer for Scotland.
Steve Brandwood, geographic information team programme manager, IdeA, said, “From the NLPG’s earliest days, many local authorities derived benefits from utilising one integrated corporate address dataset. Every local authority in England and Wales is now committed to the NLPG process.”
Social housing organisations are expected to use the NLPG to provide the base information on their housing stock, linking it to their own asset and housing management systems to integrate with specific areas such as repair records and safety certificates.