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Government property re purposing scheme welcomed | 1 February 2013

The coalition has outlined plans to relax building laws in a move that could see ex-government buildings transformed into commercial or domestic properties, ipinglobal.com reports.

In a move aimed at boosting Britain’s economy, communities secretary Eric Pickles announced a plans to develop laws surrounding Permitted Development Rights, which would make the process of developing properties much easier. In short, it will do away with the need for planning permission, which can often prove to be the most time-consuming aspect of the whole process.

The plans have been almost uniformly welcomed, as they will not only take the heat off a housing market already struggling to meet rental demand but also making it quicker and easier for businesses to secure their next location.

One area where it is especially thought to be of benefit is Bath, in which locals have claimed too many options open to business are of low quality. In such areas, it is claimed, the ease and speed of the new scheme is not the most important factor, but the quality on offer.

Bath property expert, Philip Marshall, told wiltshirebusinessonline.co.uk of his experience: “There’s a surplus of poor quality office property in Bath and a shortage of good quality office premises.

“Developers are unlikely to create high quality new accommodation while there is an overall oversupply in the market. I think this new initiative is great news for Bath businesses. In many cases it will enable some of the fine Georgian buildings which would otherwise be neglected to be refurbished to a level that commercial occupation would fail to support.”

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Qube Global Software. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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