Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Most Adults and Many Children Are Overweight, but It Looks like Greggs Is Set to Win; despite Fears Planners Say Bakery Should Get the Go-Ahead

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Most Adults and Many Children Are Overweight, but It Looks like Greggs Is Set to Win; despite Fears Planners Say Bakery Should Get the Go-Ahead

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Byline: DANIEL HOLLAND Reporter daniel.holland@reachplc.com

GREGGS looks set to open a new bakery in a Tyneside town - despite concerns about childhood obesity levels.

Families, councillors, and North Tyneside's public health boss have all urged planning chiefs to reject Greggs' bid to move into the Collingwood Centre in North Shields - a site where fast food giant KFC was denied permission to open a drivethrough restaurant this year.

The vacant unit is just 400m from John Spence High School and also near two other schools, in a ward that has one of the highest rates of very overweight and obese children in North Tyneside.

But North Tyneside Council's planning committee has been advised to approve the proposal at a hearing on Tuesday.

Local authority planning officers have argued the key difference between KFC and Greggs is the latter is not primarily a hot food takeaway - instead being classified as a shop and cafe - and is therefore an acceptable addition to the Collingwood Centre, which already has a Morrisons, a Subway, and a Domino's Pizza.

The bakery has stated that only eight per cent of its takeaway sales are hot food - as pasties and sausage rolls are not sold hot, but are "merely baked throughout the day and sold to the customer at whatever temperature they have cooled to from our counters".

Wendy Burke, the borough's director of public health, said: "Two thirds of adults and one third of 10 to 11-year-olds in the borough are either overweight or obese.

"A key priority both nationally and locally is to encourage healthy eating.

"This is incredibly difficult to do if we continue to allow developments that promote the sale of food high in fat, calories and salt within our commercial This is difficult continue developments promote food high Wendy centres and in the immediate vicinity of our local schools and leisure centres, as an increasing proportion of people consume food outside the home."

She added a new Greggs would make it easy for youngsters to buy "cheap, highly calorific food not only for breakfast, but also for lunch and tea". …

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