Edinburgh Council is Scotland’s busiest planning authority, handling over 3,000 applications a year, in a city with internationally-valued built and natural heritage.
The Council is also the Statutory Addressing authority and responsible for the naming of streets in new development and the numbering of any new properties being created.
For both roles we are looking for individuals who are committed to delivering an efficient, effective and customer-focused service.
You will be responsible for handling a varied and challenging range of statutory duties for either the process of validation and handling of information for planning applications, or for naming streets, numbering properties and related services.
We rely on addresses every day. Whether it’s registering to vote, ordering something online, visiting a place you’ve never been before or just getting a takeaway delivered, a unique address is essential.
The Council is responsible for issuing addresses to all properties within its boundary. To assist in doing this, the Street Naming Team has a name bank which contain potential names to be used for new developments. We encourage people to suggest potential street names, usually via local Councillors, local community council, neighbourhood networks or by emailing email@example.com
The Street Naming team’s primary consideration when issuing new addresses is public safety as, in an emergency, it is important that a specific address can be identified quickly and easily. For this reason we no longer duplicate street names with different suffixes (such as Eyre Place and Eyre Crescent) due to the potential for confusion.
Generally, street names are selected that commemorate people, places or events connected to the city, with a view to preserving local history and reinforcing our sense of place. Potential names should meet at least one of the following criteria:
commemorate local history, places, events or culture, and in particular any that relate to the site
honour and commemorate noteworthy persons associated with the local area, or the City of Edinburgh as a whole
celebrate cultural diversity in the City of Edinburgh
commemorate national and international noteworthy persons, who have been deceased for five years or more
commemorate national and international events
strengthen neighbourhood identity
recognise native wildlife, flora, fauna or natural features related to the community or the city as a whole.
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