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May 9th, 2008
National Property ID Launch Attracts Broad Interest from Industry

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PR – The commercial launch of the NLPG
(National Land and Property Gazetteer) held at the Royal Geographical Society on
the 30th April 2008 was a resounding success, attended by over 130 interested
parties, including mapping specialists, the emergency services, utilities
companies, credit reference agencies, identify management businesses,
engineering concerns, central government and information services specialists.

The NLPG is compiled from data supplied by local authorities and
is the most comprehensive source of property information available today,
providing a location for every property in England and Wales. Today and
throughout its gestation, the NLPG project has been directed by the Improvement
and Development Agency (IDeA) and its private sector partner, Intelligent
The NLPG, which comprises over 32 million entries in
England and Wales, goes far beyond traditional sources of property and address
information primarily because it is created and updated at source by the 376
local authorities in England and Wales. These are the very organisations tasked
with creating street names and numbers and who supply this information to the
Post Office for the allocation of postcodes. The NLPG goes much further than
postcodes by providing precise locations for every property, even those such as
churches, individual buildings in a hospital complex and electricity
sub-stations that do not have a postal address.
Being able to
identify buildings of this sort along with their precise geographical location
is of critical interest to the emergency services who need exact incident
location wherever it is and for insurance companies who analyse risk at an
individual property level rather than at a postcode level.  Moreover the
incentive in terms of efficient revenue collection from Council Tax and
Non-domestic Rates is sufficient to ensure that local authorities are diligent
when it comes to maintaining the gazetteer at a local level so users can be
confident both of its completeness and currency.
A master list of
addresses means that when it comes to property identification all users are
communicating in the same language. In the NLPG this is facilitated by the use
of a UPRN (Unique Property Reference Number), which provides the linking
mechanism between multiple application datasets. At a local level it facilitates
every single customer interaction, as service delivery is ultimately linked to
where we live. The NLPG is already responsible for quantifiable business
benefits and efficiencies within local authorities and is at the heart of
transformational government. To the wider public sector, central government and
the private sector the NLPG offers unrivalled opportunities for research and
analysis, policy making and planning, data cleansing, fraud protection,
environmental protection, demographics, licensing and much more. This is more
than reflected in the wide variety of attendees at the NLPG
“We are delighted to have launched the NLPG for commercial
use said Michael Nicholson, Managing Director of Intelligent Addressing.
“Commercialisation secures the future of this groundbreaking project and opens
up the way for third party users to benefit from and contribute to its continual
improvement.  We have had a massive response from potential users who can
see the business benefits of this national dataset which pinpoints every
property in England and Wales.

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