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Shropshire to Benefit From Slashing Red Tape

Opportunity to convert and rebuild redundant commercial and residential buildings to new homes has been welcomed by one of the county’s leading estate agents.


A Breath of Fresh Air

According to Alistair Hilton, head of sales at Balfours, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s announcement last week (June 30) is a breath of fresh air amid these hugely difficult times. “Cutting red tape and giving greater freedom for buildings and land in town centres to change use without planning permission and create new homes from the regeneration of vacant and redundant buildings is a meaningful prescription to aid the economic recovery,” Alistair acknowledges.

“It could be argued that the government’s new regulations dubbed ‘project speed’ and due to take effect from September, is targeted at the big cities but without doubt it will have a significant effect on the market towns of Shropshire too. We all know that even before the pandemic there were shops and other commercial properties boarded up, a situation with its origins in bureaucratic red tape, consumers making more purchases online and the uncertainty of Brexit: A situation which was likely to get worse as a result of Covid 19.”

Alistair adds: “This is certainly an ambitious plan targeted at re-booting our pandemic struck economy. Over and above the massive spend in ‘shovel’ ready funding; at the heart of Boris’ announcement is the simplification of the planning process. From September this really will begin to ease pressures caused on the supply of homes and ensure the property market drives the UK’s economic recovery."


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