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Total number of UK addresses not containing a street name (FOI-23-1198)

This Freedom of Information request asks for details of the total number of addresses in the UK not containing a street name.

Request for information - Ref No: FOI231198


Thank you for your email of 17 November 2023, and your response to our request for clarification of 28 November 2023.

A copy of your request is set out in the extract below:

Original request 17 November 2023

“I am looking to establish the number of UK addresses which do not include a street name. I do not need to know specific address information relating to those addresses, just how many addresses in the UK do not contain any data in the 'street' address line, for example: Park Farm Avington WINCHESTER SO21 1BZ”

OS clarification request 28 November 2023

“Please could you clarify whether you are only interested in residential addresses, or also commercial addresses, or also in addresses which are neither residential nor commercial (e.g. Churches, military bases etc.).”

Clarification response 28 November 2023

“Residential addresses would be ideal, thank you.”

Our response

I confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold some of the information you have requested:

The total number of residential addresses in Great Britain with no street name is: 662,619.

The data was sourced from our AddressBase Core product, shortly following receipt of your request.

In relation to Northern Ireland, the requested information is not held.

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