12 November 2019

Sustain has released a new report, ‘Hot Food Takeaways: Planning a route to healthier communities’, which is calling for tighter government restrictions on new hot food takeaways near schools.

Local authorities currently have certain tools to control access to unhealthy food, but evidence suggests they do not have sufficient power to overcome objections from major fast food chains without improved planning policies in place. Despite government ambitions to halve childhood obesity by 2030, hot food takeaways, which tend to offer more unhealthy options, are continuing to expand their footprint.

The report also calls for the following actions to be considered:

  • Explore the impact of restrictions on the sale of unhealthy food to under 16s before 6pm on school days
  • Explore the potential for a license to sell unhealthy food outside of these opening hours
  • Reviewing residential space standards to ensure houses have sufficient space for food preparation, cooking, dining and storage.


The report includes case studies of local authorities successfully addressing the health impact of hot food takeaways, and offers advice to councils who want to similarly work towards creating a healthy food environment.


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