Fast Food: Schools

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 3rd May 2018.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will revise planning system guidance so that the clustering of fast food and junk food outlets near to school premises is discouraged.

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Current planning policy guidance provides local authorities with advice in relation to healthy food environments. It already states that local authorities may consider limiting a certain use of building class in an area, providing there is evidence to support such a decision.

Considerations can include the proximity to locations where children and young people congregate, which would encompass schools but also play areas and community centres. Levels of obesity and the over-concentration of a use class within an area are also factors a local authority may consider.

On 5 March the Government issued for consultation our proposed revision of the National Planning Policy Framework, which sets out stronger and clearer expectations of local planning authorities in their approach towards healthy communities. The revised framework has a greater emphasis on the importance of health and wellbeing in our communities and places, including through greater access to healthier food and recreational facilities.

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