Retail marketing guru, Mary Portas wants to turn retail units into homes and her plan could help businesses as well.
The scheme, led by Mary aims to revive struggling retail centres by turning empty and boarded up shops on the side of roads into residential property. Mary has managed to get the government on side and so far they have increased the number of flats being developed above shops.
The government has also introduced the Future High Streets Forum, bringing together leaders from retail, property, business, academics, third sector, civil society and government in order to give them a better understanding of the competition that town centres face in the UK. The forum also hopes to introduce new concepts and policies to reform the high streets.
Local growth Minister Mark Prisk stated "Today's report sets out the wide range of measures we've taken to help communities breathe new life into their town centres. Since coming into government, we've lifted planning restrictions to bring empty properties back into use, cut business rates for thousands of small businesses and scrapped the unfair rules around parking charges."
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