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Retail Premises

Volume 455: debated on Monday 15 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent progress has been made on encouraging the provision of residential property above retail premises. (112725)

[holding answer 8 January 2007]: We are committed to bringing more empty property back into use and to encouraging conversion of redundant space for housing supply. We have introduced Empty Dwelling Management Orders as a last resort power for local authorities to deal with empty property where property owners refuse to deal with the problem and fiscal incentives in the form of VAT concessions and a Capital Allowances scheme specifically aimed at unoccupied space above shops.