Localities are geographic areas of dwellings, which are subject to the same or similar market forces. Locality groups comprise a set of one or more localities, which are subject to similar market forces.
The Valuation Office Agency’s Council Tax Banding Support Tool makes use of locality and locality group. The tool uses modelling techniques to identify properties that are most closely comparable to a given subject (in terms of location and property attributes) and provides the bandings of those properties. It initially searches for comparables within a subject property’s immediate locality and, only where insufficient suitable comparables are available within the locality, will the remainder of the locality group be searched.
The guidance produced for the council tax banding support tool comprises technical instruction on the use of a VOA internal IT application. It is not appropriate to publish information which might assist unauthorised access to VOA systems or databases.
The number of locality groups identified by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is liable to change during the course of a year to reflect the housing market. The following are approximate numbers of locality groups in England:
Number (a) June 2008 4,088 (b) January 2007 4,349 (c) June 2006 4,350
(a) June 2008
(b) January 2007
(c) June 2006
A list of locality reference numbers, ranked in order of value significance by Valuation Area within the Valuation Office Agency’s South West Group, has been placed in the Library. The list is based on data extracted on 22 February 2009.
The release of information that identifies the extent and location of each locality, relative to the list of numbers that ranks each individual locality, would prejudice commercial interests.