Takeaway owners to be given the right to transform their restaurants into homes

Takeaway owners to be given the right to transform their restaurants into homes

Monday, January 14, 2019

Takeaway shop owners are set to be given the right to convert their restaurants into homes without planning permission in a bid to revive the high street.

Minister for High Streets Jack Berry wants to adapt development laws making them similar to those already available for office buildings and warehouses.

More than 4,000 takeaways have opened in the UK since 2014 alone.

Jack Airey, a Research Fellow at Policy Exchange described the policy as having the possibility of creating “good quality homes”.

He added: “If these takeaways are converted, people will not be sleeping next to a deep fat fryer. There will be safeguards on quality and each new home will have to meet building regulations.”

Mr Airey added that the laws for development of office buildings already provide 15,000 new homes every year.

“There are questions about the quality of the homes brought forward,” he said.

“It is a good policy, it just needs some tweaks.”