Councils throughout the UK have signed up for a digital mapping scheme, which they say will save £100m over four years. The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), a company owned by the Local Government Association, said almost all (99.46 per cent) of local authorities have signed up for its Mapping Services Agreement (MSA). The MSA covers 551 UK authorities, including national parks, police and fire stations. The service will give authorities the same access to digital maps and other geographic information on the location and dimensions of an address.
The agreement includes the production of National Land and Property Gazetteer data – a local government geographical address tool that will give each property a unique reference number. Three companies are working on the project: Ordnance Survey (for national coverage of breadth), Intermap (for height) and Intelligent Addressing (for maintaining NLPG data).