27 Jun

Property to rent in Gillingham 'could receive empty spaces boost'

Property to rent in Gillingham 'could receive empty spaces boost'

Letting agents in Gillingham could soon find themselves offering previously empty spaces as property to rent in Kent.

Planning minister Greg Clark has called for cuts to red tape to enable local authorities and communities to make much better use of their available property.

He wants it easier for empty buildings to be put to good use, such as rented for alternative purposes such as housing or community projects.

This would help to reinvigorate local high streets, encourage enterprise and assist start-ups.

Mr Clark added: "Removing bureaucratic barriers in the planning system could play a major part in encouraging meanwhile uses of empty buildings, transforming them into new shops, business start-ups and community projects."

Ministers are working closely with social enterprise scheme Meanwhile Space, who have been in consultation with government over amendments to the Change of Use Classes and Planning Permissions legislation that affects property.

Meanwhile Space recommends checking with local authority planners to see whether space is available to be put to other uses, because this may be possible without recourse to an application for change of use.ADNFCR-1222-ID-800600880-ADNFCR

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