Council’s plans to restrict fast food takeaways

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A scheme to stop fast food takeaways opening up near schools has now been adopted by South Ribble Council.

As previously reported in the Guardian, the council wants more powers to refuse planning permission for proposals which would see takeaways opening up withing 400m ‘exclusion zones’ of schools in the borough.

The adoption of the ‘Access to Healthy Foods’ document also focuses on limiting the number of takeaways allowed in one area, such as a town centre like Leyland, in the hope of avoiding ‘clusters’ of fast food sellers opening up in one place.

The document is one of a number of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) associated with the council’s Local Development Framework (LDF) aimed at giving the authority more powers over the type of plans allowed to go forward in the borough over the next 15 years.

Other SPDs relating to Design, Affordable Housing, Residential Extensions, Rural Development, the Re-use of Employment Premises, and Open Space and Playing Pitch provision have also been adopted throughout this year.

The Open Space and Playing Pitch document was the most recent to be voted through by the council last month.

It gives guidance on how to determine whether a housing developer will have to contribute towards the improvement of open space, and if so whether the provision should be on-site or by way of a financial contribution for off-site provision or improvements.

The Design Guide document aims to ensure that developments “optimise the potential of the site to accommodate development, sustain an appropriate mix of uses and support local facilities and transport networks” as well as responding to local character and history, amongst other things.

The Affordable Housing document has been adopted to make sure that affordable housing targets and needs are met through future development in the borough.

The purpose of the Residential Extensions document is to “ensure that house extensions and alterations should relate well to the character of the property and general street scene, while ensuring that they do not adversely impact on neighbouring properties.”

The purpose of the Rural Development plan is to set out the councils’ approach to development in rural areas, and clarify the councils’ support for specific initiatives “to sustain and encourage appropriate growth in the rural economy.”

This includes ensuring that “rural communities thrive as mixed communities where people young and old, on high and lower incomes are able to live in rural settlements” and making sure development takes place “in a way which helps places become more sustainable.”

The Re-use of Employment Premises document aims to ensure that all existing employment sites and premises are protected for future employment use, and that there is provision for a broad range of business types from small start-ups to large enterprises.

In terms of progress of the LDF, the Site Allocations document is currently at examination stage, having undergone hearing sessions in March.

The council is still awaiting guidance from the Planning Inspector regarding the next stages.