From yesterday’s Guardian, a legal case with possible implications for our area:
A controversial planning permission allowing a fast food takeaway shop to be set up near a school with a healthy eating policy was quashed by the high court today.
A judge declared that Tower Hamlets council, in east London, had acted unlawfully when it gave the go-ahead for Fried & Fabulous to open for business in Cable Street, Shadwell, close to Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate school.
The judge said councillors had voted in favour of permission after being wrongly directed that they could not take account of the proximity of the local secondary school because it was not “a material planning consideration”.
The council will now have to reconsider any further planning application for a takeaway at the site.
Councillor Peter Golds, the leader of the council’s Conservative group, said later: “This is a very important high court decision.
“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.”
Full article here.
Daily Mail version is here.