There are proposals in Bradford to introduce restrictions through the planning system on fast food outlets. Below is a report I prepared for Councillors in Medway on the issue. It applies in Bradford too - the policy is probably illegal as it is unsupported by evidence, will not contribute to reducing levels of obesity and is open to challenge by Inspectors and through the courts.
- 1. A view that, with local authorities taking the lead role in public health, planning policies need to contribute to broad public health strategy
- 2. That there is a specific link between what are called ‘obesogenic’ environments, such as the presence of fast food clusters near schools, and rising levels of childhood obesity
- 1. Is there a good enough evidence base demonstrating a link between the proximity of hot food takeaways to schools and levels of obesity?
- 2. How will we measure the impact of the policy on levels of obesity in children?
Every day: 17.8
4-6 times: 18.3
2-3 times: 19.6
Less than once: 21.4
- 1. Probably illegal in that they are unsupported by the evidence
- 2. Do not contribute to reducing obesity in children
- 3. Leave the Authority exposed to challenge by Inspectors and the Courts