Government consultation on retail-to-resi reform — greater flexibility for those involved?

The government claims that thousands of buildings are empty or under-used throughout the country as people do not want the hassle and uncertainty of submitting planning applications.

It has published a consultation paper on permitted development rights that proposes new planning rules to allow greater flexibility to change the use of high-street buildings to residential property.

The proposed changes intend to support both the high-street and housing agendas by allowing a change of use to housing of shops that are no longer viable. Existing tenants, residential developers and those looking to exit property generally will, however, still need to be aware that other constraints on the ability to make these changes mean planning uses are not the only hurdle to satisfy…

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