Page 10 - Helmsley Group Newsletter Spring 2021
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Our development director Max Reeves recently spoke to the Yorkshire Post about the future of the high street and how the pandemic has created opportunities for us to reinvigorate these staples of our towns and cities.
We believe that the future is bright for York and that some of the challenges of the pandemic, including the closure of major high street chains, could be turned into opportunities to boost the local economy.
Max said: “We can look at the pandemic
as a disaster or an opportunity. We believe that it gives us a real a chance to evolve the city. In York, we are seeing the end of the days of generic high streets and buildings owned by remote multi-billion pound funds. We have seen a big movement this year of properties moving into the investment of local investors who have the interest and the passion to see the city thrive. This is a trend that we expect to see continue and offers significant opportunities for sympathetic regeneration of our towns and cities.”
During the pandemic, we’ve bought several properties across the city and strongly believe that due to their knowledge of and passion for the region, Yorkshire-based investors are more likely to improve and preserve the city’s landmark buildings, as well as helping to regenerate its city centre.
For example, we recently collaborated with arts charity Skippko to create a pop-up gallery for local artists in the empty Dorothy
Perkins/Burton shop in Coney Street, driving footfall into the city centre.
Thanks to their strong relationships with the council and linked public bodies, developers have a real chance to evolve the city and help boost local investor confidence even further. It’s for this reason that we are in support of York Council’s campaign to remain unchanged as a local authority under local government reorganisation proposals.
In response to the devolution proposals, Max added: “The council are approachable. There is engagement between private and public bodies in the city. The
council has made a real effort to engage with us and that’s vital, as its approachability will also help to
draw in interest from external partners. Going forward, full focus needs to be
on supporting the city and what the
city needs.”
 SPRING 2021

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