Takeaway rejected in already saturated neighbourhood centre

A London borough succeeded in resisting the change of use of a shop to a Caribbean hot food takeaway in a neighbourhood centre.

The council sought to address the health impacts of hot food takeaways through supplementary planning guidance limiting the number of takeaways to no more than five per cent of units within a neighbourhood centre, whereas the proposal would increase the proportion to over ten per cent when calculated based on the defined neighbourhood centre in an adopted development plan.

The appellant failed to convince the inspector that the shopping centre extended beyond the defined centre and within which the number of takeaways would remain below five per cent. Without the nutritional data required to prove it, she also rejected unsubstantiated claims that Caribbean food is healthier than that of any other hot food takeaway.

Inspector: Elaine Gray; Written representations


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