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Give us road name ideas that are right up your street!

News release 10118, published on 03 Mar 2022
From Caribbean islands to composers and painters – have you ever wondered how your street ended up with its name and did you know you could help name future roads?

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is responsible for allocating house numbers and road names to new developments and approving amendments to existing residential and commercial addresses.

The council keeps the definitive record of all street names and property addresses in the borough, known as the Local Land and Property Gazetteer. This is crucial as it is used by organisations and companies, including the emergency services and Royal Mail.

Suggested themes for new roads are identified by the borough council or put forward by residents or developers and they have a link to the local area if possible. They are considered by the parish or town councils and ward councillors before being approved. And there are lots of interesting themes to discover.

In Whitchurch there’s Richard Adams Way, named after the author of Watership Down. Surrounding streets are also named after characters from the novel including Blackberry Lane and Hazel Way.

Alternatively venture to Portico Way in Chineham and you will find road names related to the architectural characteristics of The Vyne or features within the grounds.

Royal Gardens in Tadley is named after the Cinema Royal that was previously on the site and if you visit Tobago Close in Popley you’ll find other streets named after islands including Trinidad Close, Malta Close and Bermuda Close.

Papermakers in Overton is named in recognition of its location being near to Overton Paper Mill and Osler Close in Bramley is named after a local villager who rang the church bells.

Many street names also pay tribute to local people who lost their lives in war, an example of this is John Liddell Way. This street is named after a soldier who received the Victoria Cross in World War I and is buried in the South View Cemetery.

Cabinet Member for the Natural Environment and Climate Improvement Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “There are some very interesting street names and themes around the borough and it is wonderful when they tell a story linking to the local area. I’m sure we’ve all wondered where certain names come from and it is important that residents as well as local parish, town and borough councillors have a chance to input into what the names of new streets in the borough should be.”

If you have an idea for a theme for new roads contact the council at

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