Boles to unveil plans to convert empty office space into housing

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Development, Housing

The planning minister, Nick Boles, will reveal plans this week to allow the conversion of empty office blocks into flats without planning permission. The Government intends to allow developers to avoid long-winded and costly planning procedures in an effort to increase the housing supply. The plans, known as 'permitted development rights', will not include the City of London, where there are fears that empty "landmark" buildings could be converted into flats that would be difficult to revert to off...

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