Plans for a new national, high-quality spatial address infrastructure building on the work already undertaken by Ordnance Survey and local government have been announced by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), Ordnance Survey and the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) for local government in U.K.
The aim is to provide a single national database that will be maintained through a partnership approach and a collaborative framework of address and property identifiers. This will be developed and operated by Ordnance Survey in partnership with local and central government. It will build on the work already undertaken by the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG), Royal Mail and Ordnance Survey
The database, currently to be known as the National Spatial Address Infrastructure (NSAI), will support a wide range of services delivered by central and local government and the private sector. In government, the NSAI will improve the address base for the processing of benefits claims, the management and collection of local taxation, the next population census, as well as supporting the delivery of services such as police, fire and social care. For local authorities it will also complement arrangements under the new Mapping Services Agreement (MSA), released recently.