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Planning news: Fast-food outlet near school banned

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A High Court judge has overturned plans to build a fast-food takeaway near a school that employs a healthy-eating policy

Local councillors at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets had approved plans to build the ‘Fried & Fabulous’ outlet at Cable Street, Shadwell, after being wrongly informed during the consultation that they could not take into account the proximity of Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School because it was not ‘a material planning consideration’.

Following objections from the school and local residents, a High Court judge took the decision to quash the approval in light of the school’s stance on healthy eating.

Councillor Peter Golds, leader of the council’s Conservative group, said the ruling will set an example for other councils considering similar applications.

‘This is a very important High Court decision,’ he said.

‘It clarifies the law and sets a benchmark that will enable local authorities everywhere to take account of health and well-being - particularly of schoolchildren - as factors in determining planning applications.’

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