A council plan to ban fast food joints from opening near schools in Nottingham has been thrown out by the government.
Nottingham City Council hoped the scheme would help tackle childhood obesity.
Fast food giants McDonalds and KFC objected to the plans, and the planning inspectorate said there was insufficient 'local-specific evidence' to prove a link between obesity and the proximity of takeaways.
Councillor Linda Woodings, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Planning and Heritage at Nottingham City Council said:
In a city with more than 350 takeaways, we thought it would be helpful for us to be able to control new applications for fast-food outlets that were within 400m of a school. We worked up a detailed proposal to be considered by the Planning Inspector for inclusion in the draft Local Plan – we received objections from both McDonald’s and KFC.