New register for High Street landlords

Image caption This House of Fraser store closed down last-place September

The government says it will make it easier to be informed about who owns empty constructs on the High Street in a bid to revitalise the UK’s retail sector.

It said a new registry would allow prospective tenants to quickly check ownership and speed up the letting process.

It espouses research for BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours that see a confusing patchwork of ownership on High Streets.

Experts say this is putting retailers off investing in town centres.

The research by Estates Gazette( EG ), a report and data portal, spanned 22 main supermarket streets in 11 UK Cities.