Home is... where the high street kebab shop used to be
‘Deeply unpopular with local residents’
TAKEAWAY owners are set to be given the right to convert their restaurants into homes without planning permission in a bid to reclaim high streets from an unprecedented growth in fast-food shops.
In a move to rid town centres south of the Border of ‘noisy and smelly’ outlets that are often the scene of anti-social behaviour, Ministers are poised to relax strict planning laws to turn them into residential properties.
Anyone wishing to convert one of 56,638 hot takeaway retailers such as chicken or kebab shops into a home must first apply to the local council for complex and bureaucratic approval.
But now the High Streets Minister Jake Berry wants to dispense with permitted development laws to bring the premises in line with office buildings and warehouses.
And the radical idea for England has the backing of the think-tank Policy Exchange, which says it will help to solve the housing crisis.
It says takeaways could make far more money by converting properties and moving businesses out of town as more customers order takeaways on mobile phone apps.
The UK has seen a surge in new takeaways as traditional high street shops go under, with more than 4,000 opening since 2014. But they are deeply unpopular with local residents who complain about odour and noise late into the night.
London has seen a 4 per cent increase in takeaways, rising to 10,260, while Birmingham has seen an 18 per cent surge to 1,291.
Mr Berry is pushing the idea to ‘inject the free market into high street renewal’.