New laws will mean greater powers for local authorities to force landlords to let boarded-up businesses vacant for more than a year so new businesses or home-seekers can occupy them
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Britain’s city centers are set to be redesigned with derelict shops converted into flats and continental cafe culture on the streets.
The move is to be announced during the Queen’s speech when a new Parliament begins on Tuesday.
New laws will mean greater powers for local authorities to force landlords to let boarded-up businesses vacant for more than a year so new businesses or home-seekers can occupy them.
One in seven high street shops in Britain is now vacant, including one in five in the North East.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “We are making that right by putting power back in the hands of local leaders and the community so that our cities can be rejuvenated.”
And Leveling Up Secretary Michael Gove added: “We will end the scourge of boarded up shops that have plagued some of our great cities for far too long.”
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Compulsory purchase orders will also allow municipalities to take over unused land or buildings for social housing.
Councilors will be able to issue street licenses for al fresco eating and drinking as similar measures put in place during Covid are made permanent.
This should help the 10,000 pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes that have been forced to close during the pandemic, at a loss of £87billion and 350,000 jobs.
UK Hospitality boss Kate Nichoils said: “It’s a huge step forward.
The industry estimates each outdoor seat is worth £6000 in extra revenue
But the Local Government Association wants more enforcement powers to keep sidewalks from being blocked.
The LGA’s Nesil Caliskan said: “We need to ensure that the long-term approach to pavement approval better aligns the needs of local businesses and residents.”
Other measures to be unveiled on Tuesday include more nuclear power plants and the scrapping of the human rights law.
There will also be a refresher on probation, a crackdown on money laundering and a bill to privatize Channel 4.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/queens-speech-promise-revamp-derelict-26902576 Queen's Speech promises a revamp of derelict city centers