Shops into homes idea to be studied
THE Government is to consult on proposals allowing shops to be changed into homes and agricultural buildings to be changed to residential use.
The British Property Federation said it was keen to see more detail. Chief executive Liz Peace said: “Retail to residential conversions could be an important step in breathing life into our high streets, and we would very much encourage a flexible approach.
“We welcome the proposal to consult further on change of use from agricultural to residential,” she added.
“It’s crucial that the countryside remains a place of growth, industry and business rather than an enclave of the retired and wealthy.”