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Fast food takeaway stopped from opening near schools

Takeaways will be banned from opening near schools

Takeaways will be banned from opening near schools

Tough new planning rules aimed at tackling childhood obesity will stop fast food takeaways opening up near schools.

Council bosses have vowed to confront the growing problem of overweight youngsters by clamping down on future applications from hot food outlets.

It means they will be unable to set up within 400m of any primary school, high school or college.

The new guidelines are among a package of measures in the local development plan that look at how careful planning can improve access to healthy food.

These will not, however, remove any of the existing 193 takeaways in the Preston City Council region - 146 of which are within 400m of schools.

Coun John Swindells, cabinet member for planning and regulation, said: “I think we’ve reached saturation point with takeaways across the city.

“I imagine the presence of takeaways close to some of the schools is one reason that they no longer allow pupils out at lunchtime.

“If they stay in school they make healthier choices.”

 

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