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September 2, 2012

Planning reforms to create more High Street homes

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by Gill Montia

Planning reforms to create more High Street homes

Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, has approved a new measure aimed at boosting the number of homes in town centres and increasing footfall on the UK’s beleaguered High Streets.

Once in force, new planning rights will allow two flats to be created in office or storage space, without the need for planning permission.

According to Mr Pickles, the change further streamlines the planning system, making it easier, quicker and cheaper for people to create new homes in existing underused space.

The move has the potential to increase the amount of affordable housing available while using existing developed land and boosting High Street regeneration.

Planning Minister, Greg Clark, comments: “The Government is determined to make the very best use of existing buildings to provide more homes as quickly and simply as possible.”


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