Empty Dwelling Management Orders

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the merits of including commercial properties within the scope of Empty Dwelling Management Orders; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Housing and Planning)

Converting unoccupied commercial property to housing entails a change of use which would require the consent of the freeholder or leaseholder of the property. While the Government is keen to encourage conversion of redundant commercial property for which residential use may be practical, we recognise that the economic drivers that determine conversion projects differ from the reuse of vacant residential property. We have not assessed the implications of applying the same approach to commercial properties.

Any extension to the powers in the Housing Act 2004 would require new primary legislation.

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