Changes could help Exteter homes market

First published in Devon

Government plans to make it easier for empty offices to be turned into housing could help deliver more homes in Exeter, according to a property consultant.

But Charles Kislingbury, head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Exeter office warned the market will dictate whether it amounts to any real change in the city.

He added: “This is a positive step that could help bring a new lease of life to long empty office buildings and deliver some of the new homes Exeter so desperately needs. It could also help reduce the pressure to build housing on green field sites and help further regeneration of the city centre and elsewhere.

“But we need to be realistic. Inevitably the market will identify the viable options, but it’s worth remembering that any physical changes to the buildings, likely to be necessary in most cases, will still require planning permission. So don’t expect the immediate transformation of Exeter’s most deserted commercial areas.”

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree