Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Food for Thought - What Are the New Rules on Takeaway Openings?

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Food for Thought - What Are the New Rules on Takeaway Openings?

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HOT food takeaways have been banned from opening within a '10-minute walk' of Newcastle secondary schools as part of a raft of new measures.

In a bid to tackle obesity and protect neighbourhoods and shopping areas, Newcastle City Council has now formally adopted new guidelines on the opening of new outlets.

Councillor Ged Bell, cabinet member for investment and development, said: "The council has a duty to make sure that our town centres offer a diverse retail offer to the communities that they serve, with many providing a community hub in their neighbourhoods.

"Adoption of this guidance will help us control future applications for this type of use.

"We want to grow and strengthen our shopping areas, whilst protecting neighbourhoods and residential areas.

"Obesity is also a factor and a significant health challenge for all local authorities - tackling growing obesity levels is an important duty. That is why we are proposing a 10 minute walk-time exclusion zone to secondary schools, helping us to support and promote healthy eating habits amongst young people."

The policy was agreed at cabinet on October 12, but on what grounds will the council be able to turn down new takeaways? PROXIMITY TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS Planning permission will not be granted to new takeaways looking to open within a '10-minute walk' of a secondary school. 'Exclusion zones' have not been created around primary, first, and middle schools as children of this age do not leave the school grounds on their lunchbreak.

OVER-CONCENTRATION If there are already deemed to be too many takeaways open in the proposed area, the council can deny the application if they believe it will be to the detriment of the shopping centre of nearby residents.

CLUSTERING The new guidelines outline no more than two consecutive takeaways can be located next to one another, and between pre-existing units, there should be at least two other non-takeaway units.

PROTECTION OF RESIDENTIAL AREAS Anyone planning on opening a new takeaway has been advised it will be rejected if the council believe it will negatively impact on a residential community. Factors such as noise, smell, car parking and road safety are cited in the policy. …

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