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Powys to charge for house name change

Created on 04/02/2011 @ 08:26
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If you want to rename your house you will need to pay after a decision by Powys County Council.
Housing developers in Powys will have to start paying a fee for naming new houses and streets from April 2011.
And householders will also have to pay a charge for re-naming their house or street.
Powys Council has instigated the charging scheme to cover the cost of administration because of an increase in demand for its service.
The local authority will charge £150 per housing development and up to £25 for each house on the estate.
It said it had to contact the Royal Mail each time a house name was changed or a new one introduced.
The council's board agreed to the proposal on Tuesday and the the non-profit making project will start on April 1, 2011.
The council has calculated that the total revenue generated by the project between August 2009 and August 2010 would have been £17,065.
A report by Cllr Wynne Jones to Powys Council's Board said that demand for the council's street naming and numbering service had increased dramatically during the past four to five years because service providers wanted a registered address before providing services.
The report added: "The rise in online shopping has also had a significant impact due to their reliance on accurate address data.
"This increase in demand is having an adverse affect on the ability of the building control department to maintain existing levels of service provision elsewhere."
A Powys Council spokesman said that it received on average six or seven requests a day from householders or developers who wanted to name or re-name a house.
"It is our statutory obligation to keep accurate address information which we then pass on to the Royal Mail," added the spokesman.
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