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New measures to breathe life into empty buildings and boost growth

The Government has recently announced new measures to ensure that use is made of empty and underused buildings to provide homes and businesses New permitted development rights will enable offices to be converted to homes. High street premises will be able to be used for new types of business without permission.  Buildings that are classed for use as retail, financial services, restaurants, pubs and hot food takeaways, offices, leisure and assembly uses can temporarily change to another use class. Existing agricultural buildings, less than 500m2, will be able to be utilised for a range of new uses such as shops or offices, to provide more chances for rural businesses to diversify. Also a series of measures will also facilitate the … Continue reading

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Another chance to be a Portas’ Pilot

Following the massive response to the first round of Portas’ Pilots the Government have announced funding for a further 12. The first round received 371 bids for just 12 pilot schemes. When announced in May 2012 the winners of the first round will receive £100,000 to improve their high street. And don’t forget use the new Neighbourhood Planning powers to support the development of your high street or town centre. You can read more about this initiative on the DCLG web site. The closing date for submissions is the 30th of June 2012. Are you concerned about the future of your high street? Do you need help putting together a credible plan? Or a bid for Pilot status? Call 01282 … Continue reading

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Plan for the Future of Your Town – Portas Town Team Pilots

Twelve lucky towns will receive a share of £1 million in government funding for their town centre or high street. This follows on from Mary Portas’ review of the high street. One of the key recommendations in this report was that town’s should form town teams. These teams would bring together all the key players with an interest in a town centre. Town teams would be: “visionary, strategic and strong operational management teams for high streets” Bids are now invited from towns that would like to pilot the town team initiative. Bids should include a short video. Funding of up to £100,000 is available for each bid to be successful you will have to have, or be able to demonstrate: … Continue reading

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