Retailers will be able to open pop up shops more easily under new Government plans to reduce red tape, boosting the high street.
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has highlighted Government proposals to scrap restrictions that hinder start up businesses from temporarily using vacant shops.
The Government hopes that by removing the restrictions start ups can fill the empty gaps in struggling high streets, reviving them.
A key barrier is a planning regulation which defines what a shop can and cannot be used for.
Pickles said: “Leaving empty shops to rot is a wasted economic opportunity that spoils the town centre – that is why we are proposing to scrap the damaging red tape that is keeping so many boarded up.
“This change can unleash our young entrepreneurs to open pop-up shops and turn the high streets into an exciting start-up launch pad.
“Reclaiming dreary unused street space can breathe new life into high streets - by decluttering streets for pedestrians, creating a lively atmosphere with pavement cafes, pop-up shop spots and entertainment so they are a more family-friendly fun place to go.”
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