Thursday, 1 July 2010
New planning guidance could see ban on fast-food outlets near Brighton schools
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.