Four Government Agencies, the Local Government Information House (LGIH) and Royal Mail are to work together to develop a single national infrastructure for Great Britain of definitive addresses and related property information and mapping to support thousands of key services from Government and business. They have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding on a joint programme for this purpose, known as the Acacia programme.
The six member bodies participating in the programme are HM Land Registry, Registers of Scotland, the Local Government Information House, Ordnance Survey, Royal Mail and the Valuation Office Agency. In developing their plans and proposals, they have kept in close touch with the Cabinet Office, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Office of the e-Envoy, other central Departments and the Scottish Executive.
The programme will co-ordinate development and maintenance in the national interest and the interests of customers of definitive national databanks of addresses (including postal and other elements), streets, non-addressable properties and in due course property ownership and occupancy parcels and possibly other elements as well, together with the related definitive mapping, all linked together and held as a land and property layer within the framework of OS MasterMap (Ordnance Survey’s new digital map database and online service), and all continuously updated and readily accessible to users.