Waltham Forest Local Borough Council has developed a local planning
policy restricting the development of hot food takeaways in local
centres, and excluding them completely from areas around 10 minutes walk
from schools, parks or other youth centres.
There were local concerns about hot food takeaways, in particular their impact on:
- local amenity - increased litter, noise and smells
- community perceptions of the borough [sustainable communities strategy consultation]
- retail character and function of shopping centres; economic vitality
- traffic flow (increased traffic and congestion around outlets)
- health and childhood obesity rates
Waltham Forest outlined a local planning policy on hot food takeaways
in a supplementary planning document (a material consideration in
planning decisions) as part of their local development framework. This
limits the concentration and clustering of hot food takeaways in town
centres, neighbourhood centres or local retail parades. It also
prevents new development of hot food takeaways around schools, parks and
This was done by introducing:
A 400m exclusion zone for A5 development around a school,
youth facility or park, where outside a town centre or local parade.
This is due to a particular concern about HFTs within easy walking
distance to schools and youth facilities.
A percentage test of A5 uses in an area and a test for the proximity between A5 uses