This week, Westminster has axed more planning red tape, it will allow more homeowners to extend their properties quickly and easily without a full planning application and allow shops to change to office space and takeaway buildings to be converted to homes without undergoing a full planning application.
It is hoped that this shake up will enable more small homes to be created in the empty spaces above takeaways or within unused buildings. The shop conversions also has the potential to shake up the high street bringing in footfall from new residents and office workers.
Housing Minister Jake Berry confirmed the news saying "This is in addition to our £675 million Future High Streets Fund and High Streets Task Force ensuring our country's high streets are fit to thrive not just now but in years to come.
Giving greater certainty to property owners and the wider industry it will also help businesses adjust to the changing needs of the consumer. "
The mix will also allow temporary change of use from high street uses such as shops, offices and betting shops to certain community sites such as libraries or public halls.