Hot food takeaway would perpetuate unhealthy eating

The change of use of a shop to a hot food takeaway on Merseyside would not encourage young people to eat more healthily, an inspector reasoned, and dismissed the appeal.

The site lay within a 400 metre exclusion zone around playing fields and children’s play spaces. While the appellant contended that fast food did not equate to unhealthy eating, the inspector disagreed, stating that no evidence had been presented to demonstrate that it would be healthier than a nearby fish and chip shop. In his opinion, the proposal would be an obstacle to healthy eating. In so concluding he did not support the council’s related concern about crime and disorder. While there was evidence of public order offences, criminal damage, arson and violent and sexual assaults, he could not relate these to the operation of takeaway food outlets.

Inspector: Mark Caine; Written representations

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