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A5 planning restrictions

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Onkar Sahota Onkar Sahota Labour

Which boroughs have introduced A5 (hot food takeaway) planning restrictions within 400m of schools, and what steps are you taking to encourage all boroughs to do so?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

A number of London boroughs have introduced planning restrictions on new hot food takeaways within close proximity of schools. These include Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Ealing, Enfield, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Redbridge, Richmond-upon-Thames, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth.

My draft London Plan includes a policy which seeks to restrict hot food takeaways within 400m of schools and encourages boroughs to manage the over-concentration of these uses outside of these areas through the use of locally-defined thresholds in their local plans. This aligns fully with the London Food Strategy and Health Inequalities Strategy – both of which reflect my objectives of giving Londoners the best possible start in life and ensuring Londoners have access to healthy food. Once the London Plan is adopted, this policy will apply to proposals for new hot food takeaways across the capital.