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Appeal: Takeaway refused because of local child obesity concerns

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An inspector has ruled that controlling the proliferation of fast-food outlets ‘has a role to play’ in addressing childhood obesity in Wallsend, North Tyneside, where at least 25 per cent of year-six pupils are considered ‘very overweight’.

The proposal sought permission to convert a vacant former butcher’s shop on Wallsend High Street into a hot food takeaway. Inspector Graeme Robbie referred to the North Tyneside Local Plan, which seeks to improve community health and well-being by controlling access to unhealthy food outlets. Policy DM3.7 aims to achieve this through disallowing takeaways in wards where more than 15........
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