Thursday, 1 July 2010

New planning guidance could see ban on fast-food outlets near Brighton schools

Planners in Brighton and Hove have received a new set of instructions today after a court judgement earlier this month overturned planning permission for a fast-food take-away yards from a London school with a 'healthy eating programme'.

The court found that a school's desire to improve the nutritional welfare of its students should have been viewed as a 'material consideration' - and the application for a fast-food joint turned down.

Coming hot on the heels of a decision by Bristol's planners to reject a plan for a newpower facility as its use would require the unsustainable import of biomass from around the world, it looks as though the environmental sustainability and ethics of planning decisions could be starting to have as much importance in the shape of urban communities as economic factors - and the occasional dodgy deals between developers and planners - have in the past.

I hope so: the new guidance issued to members of Brighton and Hove's planning committee shouldn't take too long to filter down into decision-making: shame this sort of thinking didn't prevail when the bizarre decision was made to allow a new supermarket to be built on the site of the community garden in Lewes Road.

Alas though it won't have any impact on McDonald's, should the rumours of their impending arrival in St James's St prove well-founded: the site at the centre of reports already has planning permission to operate as a restaurant, so they won't need to ask anyone's permission anyway.

1 comment:

  1. I wonder if the scales will ever fall from your eyes.

    Schools stopped serving food that the kids wanted, so kids switched to packed lunches, schools banned packed lunches that contained food that they kids wanted, so the kids eat out, now schools try to block places for the kids to eat out.

    There was also a failed attempt to ban kids from leaving school grounds at lunch times.

    Persuasion clearly hasn't worked, so coercion seems to be order of the day - what's the next step? Force feeding kids at lunch times with what you think they should eat?

    Something good from the economic melt down - nanny can't afford to persecute the public as much!