Wanting a swift and responsive planning system to assist in getting empty and underused buildings back in use, the coalition government is in the process of increasing the scope of permitted development rights in order to facilitate growth. Getting empty town centre building back into use is a large part of that with the idea being to create opportunities for new and start-up businesses and improve the viability of town centres.
The decision has been made to allow a range of commercial buildings to convert temporarily to a set of alternative uses including shops (A1), financial and professional services (A2), restaurants and cafes (A3) and offices (B1) for up to 2 years. Whilst the changes have been approved, it will take some time before they are actioned. However the Government is working to amend regulations as quickly as possible.
Great news for pop up shops everywhere!