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Council's plan to ban fast food joints from opening near schools thrown out by government

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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.

Fast food giants McDonald's and KFC objected to the plans.

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.

The Inspector has taken a look and feels that there is insufficient ‘locally-specific evidence’ to prove a link between child obesity and proximity of takeaways. Her suggestion is that this is removed from the draft Local Plan.

While the Council will now respect this view, we feel we need a much clearer direction from the Government and a policy which works across the country if we want to tackle child obesity properly.”

– Councillor Linda Woodings, Nottingham City Council