The 2007 European Court of Justice ruling in the Roanne case called into question a number of contracts over whether procedures had been followed and caused more than 70 UK schemes to be put on hold. Office of Government Commerce advice this week sets out circumstances in which the rules apply.
British Property Federation chief executive Liz Peace said: "We are pleased that officials have responded. While the industry supports moves to ensure that procurement is democratic, it is vital that this does not contravene common sense."
British Council for Shopping Centres executive director Edward Cooke added: "Clarification of the process in welcome. It is now important that councils take a pragmatic approach to implementing the procedures, so vital regeneration is not delayed unnecessarily."