By Marcus Leach

Following a report by Mary Portas the government has announced plans to try to revitalise the UK's high streets.

The government have moved to cut red tape in order to make it easier for business people to move into empty premises and open so-called pop-up shops.

Surprisingly over 11% of shops in town centres are presently empty throughout the UK, which is, according to critics, down to the high level of rents and rates.

Portas' review, in May, concluded that the UK's high streets were at crisis point as fewer people were visiting the shops due to tougher financial times.

In response to her report, the government is making it easier for people to rent empty premises and establish temporary businesses known as pop-ups.

Retailers will now have up to two years to apply for planning permission instead of having to do so immediately.

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