Last chance to share views on takeaway proposals

Residents are reminded that there is just one week left to share their views on proposed new planning guidance aimed at restricting the number of takeaways in the Borough.

The council has produced a 'supplementary planning document' which, if adopted, will provide updated guidance and help decision making around planning applications for hot and fast food outlets.

It is designed to to support the Health and Wellbeing Board's strategic aim of tackling unhealthy lifestyles and obesity, bringing it in line with national planning policy.

The proposed guidance seeks to refuse planning permission for takeaways in wards where the levels of obesity for Year 6 pupils is more than 10 per cent - currently the case in all wards in the Borough.

It would also seek to refuse applications for premises within 400m of a secondary school which could make it easier for children to access unhealthy food options at lunch or home time.

Cllr Tracey Dixon, Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, said: "Consultation ends next week and we're keen to hear people's views.

"Health is a key priority for the council; and reducing the number of overweight and obese residents is a key measure of the success of our strategy.

"Managing the prevalence of hot food takeaways is important in promoting healthier living and tackling obesity levels.

"The adoption of this guidance into a supplementary planning document will help in our fight against unhealthy lifestyles and health inequalities."

The consultation period ends next Friday, October 27.

Dr Matthew Walmsley, a local GP and Chair of NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We are keen to help local people live healthily and prevent avoidable illnesses, and reducing the prevalence of takeaways is a useful step towards tackling obesity and helping people to cut down on unhealthy eating. 

"Reducing obesity is one of the things that can help people in South Tyneside live longer, healthier lives, alongside cutting down on smoking and alcohol and making the best use of hospital services.

"Obesity is a complex issue, so we work closely with partners including Change4Life South Tyneside and A Better U, to promote self-care, healthy diet and physical activity."‚Äč

For further information on the proposals, and to give your views, visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/localplan.

Hard copy consultation forms will also be available in all libraries, South Shields Town Hall and Jarrow Town Hall.

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