Takeaway rejected for fuelling child obesity

A hot food takeaway in a local shopping centre was judged to harm its retail function as well as the health and wellbeing of the Durham town residents.

The local centre comprised only four units, one of which was already in hot food takeaway use, and another such use would create an unacceptable concentration, exceeding policy thresholds. Having regard to the otherwise buoyant centre, the inspector did not consider the current vacancy of the unit to be a factor overriding conflict with policy.

Local obesity data had been used in support of devising the local centre fifteen per cent threshold for hot food takeaways, to avoid a proliferation, and the inspector acknowledged this approach was consistent with a national policy emphasis on healthy communities. In the light of evidence of local obesity levels among young children standing at ten per cent above national average, and the location of the local centre opposite a park, the inspector concluded another opportunity to buy takeaway food would be to the detriment of local health and wellbeing.

Inspector: Kate Mansell; Written representations

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